WHO3rd August 2006
World Health Organization flu czar Margaret Chan is to take on a new role after being nominated by China to lead the United Nations health agency.
Chan, who is also assistant director-general for communicable diseases, helped spearhead a global program to prevent the spread of the H5N1 strain of bird flu and prepare for any pandemic the virus might spawn. Human H5N1 fatalities have almost tripled this year as the virus spread in wild birds and domestic poultry to at least 38 countries.
During the past three years, H5N1 has infected at least 231 people in 10 countries in Asia and the Middle East, killing 133.
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