Researchers develop avian influenza vaccine

Reasearchers at the University of Pittsburgh have developed a vaccine for the avian flu that provides 100 percent protection against the virus in mice and and chickens. Animals that were injected with the vaccine all survived lethal doses of the Vietnam strain of avian influenza, (strain isolated during the lethal human outbreak in Vietnam from 2003 to 2005), according to a study released today by the journal of virology.

This breakthrough is very important because it means that vaccines could be made much faster then previously thought. However, it has yet to be tested on humans. Federal funding is now being sought by the researchers, for extensive testing of the vaccine.

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