This document presents the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) assessment of what needs to be done to control the current outbreak of the H5N1 bird flu virus, with a focus on poultry. The four main components it outlines are the need to improve global and regional coordination, to provide immediate support to newly infected countries, to help already infected countries control the spread of the disease, and to assist countries at risk of infection. For each of these components, the document presents an overall goal, individual objectives and what must be done to meet them. It also indicates how success can be measured and the cost of each activity. Regular updates to the document will be publicised on the FAO website (


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