Avian flu returns to Asia

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has reported resurgence of the dreaded avian influenza in at least eight countries in Asia and Africa, and has urged all nations to remain vigilant and fully cooperate with international organisations in keeping this menace under check.

In a statement issued simultaneously in Rome and Bangkok, the FAO has said 2007, new flare-ups of the bird flu have been reported this year, from China, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan, Nigeria, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.

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