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Friday, June 4, 2010

Africa: Experts Convene at UN Forum to Discuss Impact of Influenza on Continent

Via All Africa :

" African health ministers and representatives of international agencies have gathered today in Marrakesh, Morocco, at a meeting organized by the United Nations and its partners to discuss the impact of influenza on the continent.

"We know that influenza has a significant impact on morbidity and mortality throughout Africa, but unfortunately, we don't have a great deal of data that shows this," said Keiji Fukuda, Special Adviser on Pandemic Influenza to the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO).

"Influenza is often seen as a problem for temperate countries," he noted. "But it is also a major threat to health in developing countries, including countries in tropical zones."

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