Monday, June 11, 2007

another form of bird flu transmission?

Medical experts found the H5N1 virus in the throat, gastric juices, and even in the stool of a bird flu patient in Vietnam.

While not a pleasant image, this has significant implications on bird flu programmatic efforts. If bird flu can be transmitted from fecal material, people who handle poultry and reside in rural areas with poor sanitation may be at increased risk of avian influenza. Water and sanitation projects need to be emphasized.

Has anyone noticed this trend? Has any country combined bird flu prevention activities with water and sanitation projects?

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