May 24, 2006

WHO says no plans to raise bird flu alert level

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said
on Wednesday it had no immediate plans to call a meeting of
experts to discuss raising its global bird flu alert.

"Right now it does not look like the task force will need
to meet immediately, but this is subject to change depending on
what comes out of Indonesia," WHO spokeswoman Maria Cheng told

She had been asked to comment on press reports that the
U.N. agency could convene a meeting of its experts within the
next few days. Under WHO's action plan for dealing with bird
flu, its panel of experts will be consulted before any action
is taken.