US develops bird flu vaccine fully effective on chicken

Washington, July 23 (IANS/EFE) Scientists are developing a vaccine that has already tested 100 percent effective in protecting chickens from bird flu but is yet to be tested on other birds including turkeys, US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.

Speaking at a hearing of the House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday, Vilsack said his department would license the vaccine and distribute it throughout the country if it proved effective in turkeys too.

This year, the disease, caused by the H5N2 virus, has killed close to 50 million birds in the US, mostly in Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska.

Cases have also been detected in other states, including Arkansas, Idaho, Montana, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oregon, Wisconsin and Washington.

Iowa, which produces the largest number of eggs — one out of every five consumed — in the US has been the hardest hit.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of www.mangalorean.com or any employee thereof. www.mangalorean.com is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of www.mangalorean.com to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at  info@mangalorean.com. Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here