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  • Events | 13 February, 2009 (06:29)

    Latest Developments In Bird Flu

    We are honored to welcome a panel of experts about bird flu. This winter China has recorded eight human cases of bird flu, five of them fatal, and announced two incidents of bird flu in poultry. Meanwhile, dead birds washed up in Hong Kong have tested positive for H5N1, raising questions about the prevalence of the virus in China.

    The World Health Organization’s China representative, Dr Hans Troedsson, together with Dr Vincent Martin, senior technical advisor for bird flu at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and Dr Edith Marshall, the FAO’s veterinary epidemiologist, will answer questions about the latest developments in bird flu.

    DATE: Wednesday, Feb. 18th
    TIME: 11 am
    PLACE: Czech Embassy, 2 Ritan Lu
    ENTRANCE: free for FCCC members, 50 rmb for non-members.

    Please RSVP to fcccadnmin@gmail.com so that we have an idea of numbers and bring your passport/ID card.

    Hans Troedsson has worked for the WHO since 1990 in Africa, Bangladesh and Europe, especially in the area of child and adolescent health. Prior to that, he worked as a physician in the areas of paediatrics, infectious diseases, and public health in Sweden. He was WHO Representative in Vietnam from 2004 to 2007, when he actively contributed to Avian Influenza control and preparedness and health system reforms in the country.

    Vincent Martin is the Senior Technical Advisor for Avian Influenza with FAO China. Prior to coming to China, he worked in Africa for a french research center (CIRAD) and then for FAO Rome in the areas of infectious disease emergencies, global early warning systems, and infectious disease analysis. His experiences include response to disease emergencies, development of surveillance programs, risk analysis and information sharing systems.

    Edith Marshall is a veterinary epidemiologist working with FAO-China on issues surrounding avian influenza. Prior to joining the Beijing office, she worked for FAO Indonesia’s avian influenza control programme, FAO’s regional office in Bangkok, and the Center for Animal Disease Modeling & Surveillance at the University of California – Davis. Her background is in risk analysis, epidemic disease modeling, and clinical emergency practice.