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Cablegate: Avian Influenza: Who Withholding Indonesian Avian Influenza

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PP RUEHCHI RUEHCN RUEHDT RUEHHM
DE RUEHJA #1643 2420538
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 290538Z AUG 08
FM AMEMBASSY JAKARTA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9932
RUEHPH/CDC ATLANTA GA
INFO RUEAUSA/DEPT OF HHS WASHINGTON DC
RUEAWJB/DOJ WASHDC
RUEHRC/USDA FAS WASHDC
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC
RUEHZS/ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA 7817

UNCLAS JAKARTA 001643

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

DEPT FOR EAP/MTS, G/AIAG, L/DL, EAP/EX, AND OES/IHA
USAID FOR ANE/CLEMENTS AND GH/CARROLL
DEPT ALSO PASS TO HHS/WSTEIGER/MSTLOUIS AND HHS/NIH
DEPT ALSO PASS TO DOJ for OFL
GENEVA FOR WHO/HOHMAN
USDA/FAS/OSTA BRANT, ROSENBLUM
USDA/APHIS ANNELLI

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: TBIO EAGR AMGT PGOV ID KLIG
SUBJECT: AVIAN INFLUENZA: WHO WITHHOLDING INDONESIAN AVIAN INFLUENZA
INFORMATION

1. (U) This message is sensitive but unclassified. Please protect
accordingly.

2. (SBU) According to WHO resident representative Dr. Subhash
Salunke, Indonesia is reporting possible outbreaks of avian
influenza to the WHO within 24 hours in compliance with the
International Health Regulations. Salunke confirmed to the Embassy
that the WHO does not make public Indonesian avian influenza cases
until the Ministry of Health announces them (roughly on a monthly
basis).

3. (SBU) When asked whether this delay in public announcement of
cases lessened the ability of the world community to monitor
potential outbreaks of avian influenza, Salunke said that the WHO
studies the information provided by Indonesia carefully. He added
that if the WHO thought there were an international public health
risk, it would make a public announcement with or without
Indonesia's permission. Salunke said that he was not pushing the
Ministry of Health to allow it to make public cases immediately,
noting that the WHO had already convinced Indonesia to announce its
cases on a monthly rather than quarterly basis.


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