International cooperation is a key to preventing a bird flu pandemic after efforts to bring it under control failed in Southeast Asia, where the disease has killed at least 60 people, World Health Organization officials said Friday.
"I believe that the momentum that is now building up will give us a chance to change the course of history and head off a pandemic caused by the H5N1 virus," WHO regional director Dr. Shigeru Omi said.
"Of course, I have no illusions about the danger the world is in, because we are dealing with a virus that is unpredictable, firmly entrenched and continuing to spread," he said.
He said some of the world's richest countries have made commitments to help fight the disease and "one of the biggest coalitions in the history of public health is now taking shape," reports the AP. I.L.
The Ilyushin 20 (Il-20) military electronic reconnaissance aircraft of the Russian Air Force with 14 servicemen on board that went off radar screens off the coast of Syria was shot down by Syrian air defense systems over the Mediterranean Sea