While the WHO has officially declared an influenza global pandemic phase 6, the role of animals has not been demonstrated in the epidemiology or spread of novel A/H1N1
In light of the WHO declaration that the novel influenza A/H1N1 has reached phase 6 of an influenza global pandemic, the OIE maintains its previous recommendations made to animal health authorities worldwide.
"A/H1N1 is indeed a public health issue for all worldwide but so far the role of animals has not been demonstrated in its epidemiology or spread. Thus, recommendations we made since the start of this crisis remain valid,” explained OIE Director General, Dr Bernard Vallat.
Public and animal health experts worldwide will continue their joint effort on scientific research aimed at better understanding the virus and providing sound, science-based, recommendations for the prevention and control of the novel A/H1N1.
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