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Avian Influenza

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with the World Health Organisation on the outbreak of A/H5N1 in a family cluster in Kubu Sembelang, North Sumatra. (75438)

Departmental officials are in regular contact with the World Health Organisation regarding outbreaks of avian flu impacting on human populations. Pandemic flu planning was a topic for discussion at the World Health Assembly held on 22 to 27 May during which time there were a number of contacts between officials and the Secretariat about the development of the outbreak in Northern Sumatra.