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Countries try to coordinate fight against bird flu

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Countries try to coordinate fight against bird flu

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As countries across Europe continue efforts to try to contain birdflu, experts and governments are increasing efforts to avoid a possible pandemic. The World Health Organisation and the European Union are holding a meeting in Copenhagen today to discuss how best to coordinate the battle.

A growing list of countries in Europe are now reporting outbreaks, with the deadly strain of the virus confirmed in Russia, Turkey, Romania and the UK. The European Commission says it will decide by Tuesday whether to ban imports of live, wild birds, as demanded by Britain. A two-day meeting of health ministers from around the world is also taking place in Ottawa, Canada, to try to ensure there is an effective global response to any further outbreaks among humans. Among the latest bird flu cases, another region in Russia, Tambov, has confirmed the discovery of the deadly strain in some dead poultry. Russia has been fighting bird flu since July, and has killed more than 600,000 domestic fowl.