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January 30, 2006

Bird Flu Solution? (Updated)

Topics: Health Issues

Take the simple approach - immunize the chickens!

So say researchers that have developed a vaccine that completely protects chickens from the H5N1 avian flu virus and who believe that it could be an "economically advantageous" way to stop the spread of the disease. Should the avian flu develop into a pandemic human strain - the vaccine might complement traditional vaccines and be used to protect people.

Update: There could be a downside to the idea of inoculating chickens - Wild birds: vectors or victims of avian flu? However on balance, the "migratory bird theory" is so far, unproven. (hat tip to the commenter that wondered about sparrows, etc.)

Posted by Richard at January 30, 2006 12:30 PM

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