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A modified vaccine once used to treat smallpox has proven effective in treating mice infected with the deadly H5N1 bird flu strain, Hong Kong researchers say. ...The new vaccine, called Wyeth/IL-15/5Flu, has three main elements -- a licensed vaccinia virus; human interleukin-15, a regulatory protein used to boost immune response; and five genes from H5N1.
...human trials are at least two years off, the University of Hong Kong scientists, who worked with U.S. researchers, say
Rising cases of dengue fever, chikungunya, bird flu and ebola viruses were reported in several Southeast Asian countries in the past two months. Relax, there are no pandemic threats. Not yet, anyway.