Science Express: Bird Flu – Coming to a Town near You?
Thursday 6 June 2013,
Level 4 Espresso
What’s the threat of bird flu in New Zealand this winter? Dispel the myths, and get the facts from expert virologist Dr Sue Huang.
How does the World Health Organisation (WHO) in New Zealand respond to threats of influenza strains, like bird flu, from abroad? What's the likelihood of it arriving here this winter? Is the strain likely to be transmitted between humans?
Dr Huang talks about these deadly strains and their threat to the population. She also discusses New Zealand’s rapid response programme and ongoing monitoring.
Dr Huang is the Director of WHO National Influenza Centre and WHO National Poliomyelitis Laboratory, based in Wellington. She is responsible for the surveillance programme that monitors influenza activity in New Zealand, and works with other leading international experts to recommend the annual influenza vaccine for the Southern Hemisphere. She is a member of several national and international advisory committees, providing advice on the diagnosis and control of influenza and polio viruses.