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PacNet #8 – Lessons from the Bird Flu Epidemic

Avian or “bird” flu has spread across 10 countries in Asia, from China to Pakistan, through Indochina and Indonesia; the number of deaths has topped 20. The regional meeting called by Thailand in Bangkok on Jan. 28 highlighted the flu’s “regional dimension,” as well as the necessity for both regional cooperation and a regional approach in eradicating the problem.