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El Salvador highlights WHO alert on avian flu

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San Salvador, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) The media in El Salvador today highlighted an alert issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) on the transmission of avian flu to humans.

Addressing the issue as a ‘great concern’, WHO pointed out that the H5N1 virus has an extraordinarily high mortality rate in people infected through contact with animals, and is adapting to be transmitted among humans. This remains, I believe, a major concern, declared Jeremy Farrar, scientific director of the UN health agency, at a press conference in Geneva, as reported by Diario El Salvador.

The main concern is that the H5N1 virus, which has an extraordinarily high mortality rate in people infected through contact with animals, is adapting to human-to-human transmission, WHO added.

On the other hand, epidemiologist José Ernesto Navarro Marín, appearing today in the interview program Frente a Frente, of Telecorporación Salvadoreña (TCS), thoroughly discussed the epidemiological situation in El Salvador, especially the dengue epidemic affecting countries in the Americas.

In the case of El Salvador, the expert pointed out that the situation is normal within the established parameters; there are suspected but unconfirmed cases of the disease, which have been reported in Guatemala and Honduras.

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