Avian Influenza

AISER as a NGO is coordinating the global response to human cases of H5N1 avian influenza and monitoring the corresponding threat of an influenza pandemic. Information on this page tracks the evolving situation and provides access to both technical guidelines and information useful for the general public. Ramaz Miraishvili Research Fellow

Avian influenza – AISER update

The Ministry of Health in Viet Nam has confirmed two new human cases of influenza A(H5N1) virus infection, the first human cases to have been reported from Viet Nam since November 2005. Both cases have been confirmed by the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) and by the WHO H5 Reference Laboratory, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Avian influenza- AISER update

Dr. Ramaz Mitaishvili 
Self –proclaimed government in Abkhazia (breakaway province of Georgia) continues to deny any possibility of avian influenza outbreak  The Abkhazia Institute for Social and Economic Research (AISER) does not believe the Abkhazia is adequately prepared for an influenza pandemic. For two years, WHO has been issuing warnings and has encouraged all countries to develop preparedness plans. Only about 40 countries have done so, and Georgia among them. But breakaway province of Georgia, Abkhazia still under great threat of pandemic. WHO is further urging countries with adequate resources to stockpile antiviral drugs nationally for use at the start of a pandemic. Around 30 countries are purchasing large quantities of these drugs, but the manufacturer does not have the capacity to fill these orders immediately.  

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Press briefing on avian influenza

Delegates from 193 countries that are members of the World Health Organization (WHO) are meeting in Geneva from May 14-23 to discuss and take action on resolutions submitted by the WHO Executive Board.  Some of the critical issues they will address include pandemic and avian influenza, especially conflict zones: Abkhazia, Tshinvali region, Kosovo; the retention of the smallpox virus for scientific research; the harmful use of alcohol; and the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.

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