posted on Nov, 29 2005 @ 12:44 PM
The Netherlands have completed initial testing to see if vaccinating poultry against bird flu would keep the birds from spreading the disease. There
had been some concern that vaccinated poultry could still spread the disease, and these tests seem to indicate that is not the case.
Previous research found that vaccination could protect individual chickens from falling ill with various flu strains. But there have been reports of
asymptomatic chickens shedding virus after vaccination, raising concern.
So van der Groot and colleagues tested two vaccines against the H7N7 bird-flu strain, by housing infected chickens together with healthy vaccinated
Two weeks after inoculation, both vaccines completely blocked H7N7 spread between chickens, they reported Monday in Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences.
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If this research holds true after further study, then it is a huge step towards eradicating the threat of a bird flu epidimic. Having the ability to
stop an outbreak among poultry almost immediately would effectively contain the virus before it has a chance to spread to humans.
Of course, I'm sure another threat would soon arise to take it's place, considering that we still have very little knowledge of what caused the 1918
[edit on 2-12-2005 by asala]