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Albert Osterhaus Quotes

From a public health point of view, I think what is happening in southeast Asia is much more serious than what would be happening in Europe ... .
Albert Osterhaus
#Health

The situation in the Netherlands could be quite explosive because of the huge concentration and numbers of poultry. It is worse than in other countries.
Albert Osterhaus
#Concentration

The big problem, of course, is that the number of people on whom real extensive pathology has been carried out is limited.
Albert Osterhaus
#People

I think we should form a European influenza task force that brings together all our knowledge, so that if you have outbreaks in the future you could form delegations to work together with local experts in the area where it occurs.
Albert Osterhaus
#Force

If we see what is happening in Europe at this moment, I think we have to be worried. We see dead swans and we know that swans are highly susceptible [to H5N1]. And they share their ponds, the places where they swim, with other birds as well that are less susceptible, for instance ducks. And they might have actually infected the swans, so I think we have to be prepared in Europe, especially since the bird migration is about to start.
Albert Osterhaus
#Europe

I think it is a worrisome situation, especially because we think that swans could be an indicator species, meaning that swans are relatively susceptible and so it could well be that other aquatic birds could be infected. Now we have seen it in Greece and Italy and now Germany. It is spreading all over Europe.
Albert Osterhaus
#Meaning

There is little you can do about the wild birds, especially the migratory ones, it's very difficult to do anything there and probably it's not possible or even desirable. The most important thing is to now, as much as possible, to have the poultry flocks indoors.
Albert Osterhaus
#Birds

In these countries, the risk of a pandemic virus emerging is much higher than it is in Western Europe.
Albert Osterhaus
#Risk

There is a real threat, and I think the situation we are facing today is quite alarming. We really fear that this particular virus might be at the basis of the first pandemic outbreak of influenza in the 21st century.
Albert Osterhaus
#Fear