WHO raises alarm over bird flu
The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a warning amid a recent uptick in cases of avian flu (H5N1) in Cambodia. Authorities in the Southeast Asian country recently reported that two individuals had contracted the disease, with one eventually succumbing to it.
Speaking to reporters during a virtual briefing on Friday, Dr Sylvie Briand, the WHO’s director of epidemic and pandemic preparedness and prevention, described the latest trends in the spread of the virus as “worrying.” She also said the organization was reviewing its global risk assessment.
“WHO takes the risk from this virus seriously and urges heightened vigilance from all countries,” the official noted.
According to Briand, apart from a growing number of cases in birds, a similar situation is being witnessed in mammals, including humans.