U.N. Warns Bird Flu Back on the Rise

August 29, 2011 Updated Aug 29, 2011 at 8:12 PM EDT

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U.N. Warns Bird Flu Back on the Rise

August 29, 2011 Updated Aug 29, 2011 at 8:12 PM EDT

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization issued a warning Monday that the Bird Flu appears to again be on the rise.

According to a news release, the FAO urged heightened readiness and surveillance against a possible major resurgence of the Bird Flu amid signs that a mutant strain of the deadly virus is spreading in Asia and beyond, with unpredictable risks to human health.

The Bird Flu has infected 565 people since it first appeared in 2003, killing 331 of them, according to WHO figures. The latest death occurred earlier this month in Cambodia, which has registered eight cases of human infection this year -- all of them fatal.

Read the entire FAO news release HERE.