Analysis: Global influenza tracking in animals needs improvement

03/28/2012 | Nature News

Global influenza surveillance for birds is not sufficient for detecting outbreaks and monitoring influenza virus strains, according to an analysis by the science journal Nature. Experts concluded that surveillance is too fractured, with the World Health Organization focusing on humans, leaving the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Organization for Animal Health to oversee animal surveillance. Many nations that are larger producers of poultry and swine contributed few or no samples.

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