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Thailand Hosts Int'l Bird Flu Conference

by 5m Editor
24 January 2008, at 11:21am

THAILAND - A world meeting on avian influenza opened here on Wednesday, drawing some 500 researchers and academics from over 40 countries to exchange experiences on bird flu vaccine research in humans and animals.

Thai Minister of Science and Technology Yongyuth Yuthavong presided at the opening ceremony of the "Bangkok International Conference on Avian Influenza 2008: Integration from Knowledge to Control". He said the aim of the conference is to provide opportunities to share updated scientific information and to learn from individual experiences.

The forum has provided opportunities for knowledge, particularly lessons from the past three years, to learn from their experience to adapt applications for controlling the spread of bird flu virus (H5N1).


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"There are good measures in place to reduce and minimize the risks, but these are not considered watertight systems."
Thai Minister of Science and Technology Yongyuth Yuthavong

It would also facilitate international understanding and collaboration, which is essential for handling the global threat, the minister was quoted by the state-run Thai News Agency as saying.

"Without doubt the emerging infectious diseases, especially avian influenza," he said, "is a global concern which no nation can be complacent about."

Globalization of trade and travel can also act as a catalyst to expand this disease throughout wider regions.

"There are good measures in place to reduce and minimize the risks, but these are not considered watertight systems," he said. "Seasonal outbreaks will continue to occur."

For this reason, he said, "it is necessary to continue to be on the alert and to maintain procedures necessary to protect both the public and animal health."

The Bangkok conference opened Wednesday and will continue through Friday.

It is organized by the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC), the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) and a number of allied organizations in Thailand.

Further Reading

- You can visit the Avian Flu page by clicking here.

5m Editor