- An outbreak of bird flu in Congo would
be "catastrophic," but more attention is needed for other diseases
which are killing thousands every day in the war-ravaged country, a senior
UN humanitarian official said today.
- About 1,200 die needlessly every day
in Congo and any outbreak of bird flu on top of that could have particularly
severe consequences, said Ross Mountain, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's
deputy special representative for Congo.
- "It would be catastrophic if avian
flu struck Congo," Ross told reporters, noting that far more attention
is focused globally on a disease that has caused relatively few deaths
so far compared to those which are ravaging Congo and are largely treatable,
like bubonic plague, sleeping sickness or malaria.
- Bird flu has shown up in birds in other
African countries, Cameroon being the closest to Congo.
- Patricia A. Doyle DVM, PhD
- Bus Admin, Tropical Agricultural Economics
- Univ of West Indies
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