A story in Sri Lanka's Sunday Observer confronts the likelihood of H5N1 with a degree of dispassion. Perhaps after you've coped with an endless civil war plus a tsunami, you develop a sense of perspective.
According to a WHO warning it is not whether we get it, it is when we get it. All Island Poultry Association Chairman Dr. D. D. Wanasinghe said that we in Sri Lanka have been very fortunate as it has not come to Sri Lanka yet although it is prevalent in neighbouring countries such as Pakistan and Indonesia, China, Japan and Korea.
He assured that in the event such a case is detected in a poultry farm they will inform the public promptly as they are in a position to detect it within 24 hours. Thereafter action will be taken to contain it within 48 hours.
"Therefore please don't panic but be educated as education will help prevent the disease from entering the country and in an unfortunate event if it enters it will help us detect AI if it is prevalent", he said.