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Bird flu experts to Asia for urgent talks

British infection experts are travelling to south east Asia to investigate how a deadly bird flu pandemic could be tackled, it emerged today.
The fact-finding mission was announced after the government's chief medical officer warned that 50,000 Britons could be killed if the disease takes hold among the human population.

A team from the Medical Research Council is expected to visit China, Vietnam and Hong Kong - where the first deaths from avian flu were reported.

Led by Professor Colin Blakemore, its findings on handling emerging infections will be presented to an international conference in London in December.

The trip is due to be formally announced at a press conference this afternoon.