Health experts warn of worldwide flu epidemic

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8 November 2004 , JENA - A German health organisation has warned that conditions were right for a worldwide influenza epidemic this winter. The German Association for the Control of Virus Diseases (DVV) in Jena said the international community was not prepared for a global epidemic. Virologist Peter Wutzler, the association's president, said flu virus have become increasingly better adapted to their environments and therefore more robust. Shortages in the production of vaccines was also a cause for concern

8 November 2004

JENA - A German health organisation has warned that conditions were right for a worldwide influenza epidemic this winter.

The German Association for the Control of Virus Diseases (DVV) in Jena said the international community was not prepared for a global epidemic.

Virologist Peter Wutzler, the association's president, said flu virus have become increasingly better adapted to their environments and therefore more robust.

Shortages in the production of vaccines was also a cause for concern, as was the possibility of bird flu virus mixing with human flu viruses, he said.

Founded in the late 1950s, the DVV is an non-profit association supported by the ministry of health, the state ministries of health, scientific organisations and various foundations.

DPA

Subject: German news 

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