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Study: Poultry Vaccine Could Stop Flu Spread

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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 ones.

Two weeks after inoculation, both vaccines completely blocked H7N7 spread between chickens, they reported Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

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 flu epidemic.

[edit on 2-12-2005 by asala]

posted on Nov, 29 2005 @ 01:54 PM
I think we know more than you seem to imply....

The Origins of Pandemic Influenza

We have the genetic structure, we have the virus itself and we know why it was so fatal...

posted on Nov, 29 2005 @ 03:00 PM
from your source:

The exact mechanism by which the neuraminidase takes on the protease activity has not been determined.

yes, there is alot of information on the 1918 virus, but as i said before, we still dont understand it fully.

do you happen to have any comments on the actual story?

posted on Nov, 29 2005 @ 03:17 PM
The story?

Its a useful development but it doesn't appear that it is a clear cut success as CNN proclaims - further testing is still required.and crucially it isn't a vaccine against H5N1 - a genetically similar virus to the 1918 strain.

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