National Strategic Plan for Avian Influenza Control and Influenza Pandemic Preparedness in Thailand, 2005-2007   [open pdf - 2MB]

"In 2004, Thailand experienced an unprecedented epidemic among poultry, of highly pathogenic avian influenza caused by the H5Nl virus. The virus crossed the species barrier to infect humans with a very high mortality rate of more than 70 percent. The potential of reassortment between avian and human influenza virus, which may result in a new pandemic influenza virus, highly concerns the WHO [World Health Organization] and the global health community. The pandemic, if it occurs, will likely result in very high socio-economic and health impact. The Royal Thai Government has put immense resources and efforts into controlling this outbreak and preventing the possibility of a pandemic. The Prime Minister has established a multisectoral public-private National Committee on Avian Influenza Control, chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister. In order to tackle the problem in an integrated, holistic and sustainable manner, the committee appointed a Working Group on Strategic Development as well as a National Command Centre on Avian Influenza. The Working Group on Strategic Development has successfully, through intensive technical consultations among all public and private stakeholders, formulated the National Strategic Plan for Avian Influenza Control and the National Strategic Plan for Influenza Pandemic Preparedness. These two plans will cover the period of three years between 2005 and 2007. The two plans were endorsed by the cabinet on January 25, 2005. It is quite obvious that the situation and the knowledge and wisdom related to Avian Influenza are highly dynamic."

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