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  • birdyvax birdyvax Apr 12, 2013 1:18 PM Flag

    China Bird Flu Pandemic: UN’s FAO Alarmed H7N9 Virus Could Spread Outside China

    China Bird Flu Pandemic: UN’s FAO Alarmed H7N9 Virus Could Spread Outside China
    By Esther Tanquintic-Misa | April 12, 2013 3:51 PM EST
    The U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has expressed concern the new avian influenza A H7N9 virus could spread outside China and potentially infiltrate the rest of the world.l
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    Bird flu attacked again in Bengal, India and it affected the birds in 13 villages of Nadia Tehatta I. According to the secretary of the ARD department, there are around 51,000 hens and ducks gathered within the affected area specifically around 3-km radius.
    "This particular region is land linked and so there is a possibility that if, inadvertently or advertently, somebody moves infected poultry across borders we can anticipate the spread of this virus," Subhash Morzaria, FAO's regional manager of the Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases, was quoted by Reuters.

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    • Scientists in the US are racing to create a vaccine against the avian influenza A (H7N9) virus, but said doing and manufacturing it is not easy.

      In a paper released on Thursday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said "there are many challenges to making H7N9 vaccines available."

      "Vaccines against H7 avian flu viruses that have already been studied haven't produced a strong immune response in humans," CDC flu scientists Timothy Uyeki and Nancy Cox wrote in an article, also published online in the New England Journal of Medicine. In the event of a new vaccine, it would still take months to produce and distribute, they noted.

      Does anyone know if NVAX VLP's might have an advantage here?... Aside from the obvious... the ability to produce a vaccine in a fraction of the time. TIA

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