Bird flu vaccine from wild bird flu strain

by Medindia Content Team on  November 4, 2005 at 7:38 PM General Health News   - G J E 4

Bird flu vaccine from wild bird flu strain
New bird flu vaccine is to be developed from this year's strain of Bird flu virus which has been collected from wild birds which has killed wild and migratory poultry and birds in Mongolia under the directive of World Health Organization (WHO). WHO has given orders to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Veterinarian to prepare the vaccine which would be very helpful during a possible attack. The WCS team of veterinarian is spear headed by Drs. William Karesh and Martin Gilbert in vaccine production and survellience of bird flu incidence in wild and migratory birds.

This combating team is supported from Food and Agriculture Organization, WCS, Mongolian National Academy of Sciences, Mongolian Institute of Veterinary Medicine, State Central Veterinary Laboratory, Ministry of Food and Agriculture Veterinary Department, and Mongolian Ministry of Health Center for Communicable Diseases and this team would be focusing on searching the birds from the Gobi Desert to the northern mountain lakes of the country and collected samples from hundreds of wild birds, both live and dead including, ruddy shelduck, herring gull, black-headed gull, bar-headed goose, and whooper swans, all species that have been affected by the disease.

Wildlife and health experts, including F.A.O. and the World Organization for Animal Health, maintain that indiscriminate culling of wild migratory bird populations would be ineffective in preventing the spread of avian flu. Wild birds, some of which are critically threatened or endangered are also being impacted directly by the H5N1 strain of influenza virus.

Joseph Domenech, F.A.O.'s Chief Veterinary Officer said, "The collaboration of national and international agencies and groups in Mongolia provides a solid example of how the threat of avian influenza can be monitored and countered and an effective teamwork on all levels is our best defense against this potential pandemic."

Source: News wise

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