posted on Oct, 5 2005 @ 01:26 PM
Vaccine may be linked to bird flu cases
The weak strain of avian influenza recently detected at more than a dozen farms in Ibaraki Prefecture may have been brought about by artificial
contamination, including by the use of vaccines, a farm ministry panel said Friday.
According to panel head Hiroshi Kida, a professor at Hokkaido University, the genetic makeup of the virus found at the Ibaraki farms was strikingly
similar to that of a bird flu virus found in Guatemala and Mexico, too far for a migrating bird to carry into Japan. It is also different from other
Central American strains of the virus previously found in other parts of Asia.
The ministry has a stock of vaccines to be used in the event of a massive bird flu outbreak, but has banned its general use because vaccinated birds
will develop the antibody and be indistinguishable from animals that have really come down with the disease.
BTW, there's no human vaccine until the strain comes out, and when it does come out civilians probably won't get any due to production constraints.
Those that due get a vaccine may still get the wrong one or get sick due to contamination.
Rather than dying by the millions I suggest we fool everybody and live through it and go worry about winning they lotto for now.
[edit on 5-10-2005 by Regenmacher]