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  •  WHO Statements Omitted by DemFromCT? (0+ / 1-)
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    WHO spokeswoman Maria Cheng said it was unlikely the agency would raise the alert level in the immediate future.

    "We haven't seen evidence from Indonesia that the disease is passing easily from human to human," Cheng told The Associated Press.

    She said WHO had considered convening a meeting of experts to debate whether to raise the alert level, but had decided that the current situation did not merit that step.

    "We had discussed that," she said. "But that is not going to happen."

    The agency has suspected that in rare cases bird flu may have passed from one person to another, but it usually has been caught by people from chickens and other poultry.

    WHO said that testing indicated there had been no significant mutations in the virus.

    •  actually i didn't omit that - from my post: (0+ / 0-)

      This likely won't change the stage of pandemic alert from 3 to 4; casual contact has not been demonstrated, major mutations have not been documented and changing the pandemic alert level has economic implications for U.N. member countries (border closings and restrictions, e.g.). The cluster has sparked WHO containment efforts, however, even without raising the pandemic level.

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Thu May 25, 2006 at 02:28:28 PM PDT

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      •  DemFromCT vs Cheng from the WHO (0+ / 1-)
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        What you wrote and what Cheng said are not the same at all.

        *"We haven't seen evidence from Indonesia that the disease is passing easily from human to human," Cheng told The Associated Press.*

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        WHO spokeswoman Maria Cheng said it was unlikely the agency would raise the alert level in the immediate future.

        "We haven't seen evidence from Indonesia that the disease is passing easily from human to human," Cheng told The Associated Press.

        She said WHO had considered convening a meeting of experts to debate whether to raise the alert level, but had decided that the current situation did not merit that step.

        "We had discussed that," she said. "But that is not going to happen."

        The agency has suspected that in rare cases bird flu may have passed from one person to another, but it usually has been caught by people from chickens and other poultry.

        WHO said that testing indicated there had been no significant mutations in the virus.

        DemFromCT
        This likely won't change the stage of pandemic alert from 3 to 4; casual contact has not been demonstrated, major mutations have not been documented and changing the pandemic alert level has economic implications for U.N. member countries (border closings and restrictions, e.g.). The cluster has sparked WHO containment efforts, however, even without raising the pandemic level.

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