An international bird flu conference is calling for the funds needed to try to stem the spread of the killer disease.
More than half the world’s nations are represented at the summit in China, where the World Bank hopes to raise around a billion euros. The European Union is among the contributors. “Now the money spent in various forms and various ways to tackle and deal with this threat of avian flu and to prepare us for the possibility of a pandemic has reached the amount of 100 million euros, which is roughly 120 million dollars,” said EU Health Commissioner Markos Kyprianou. EU nations will additionally make individual donations. As Turkey continues to wage war on the virus, its culling methods have drawn criticism from several European countries, amid concerns that birds are not being killed in a sufficiently humane or safe manner. Poultry sales have plunged since Turkey’s bird flu turmoil began. The nation’s prime minister today reassured consumers that it is safe to eat chicken and eggs produced in industrial conditions. Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged his fellow citizens to remain calm. But news that another child has tested positive for the virus will do nothing to steady nerves. It has taken the total number of confirmed human cases in the country to 21. Four young people have died of the disease in Turkey. The World Health Organisation has issued a fresh warning about the risks of close contact with potentially sick birds.