Combo Vaccine Developed for H5N1 and H7N9 Bird Flu
The fear of avian influenza will either be eased or heightened based upon the results of recent experiments that give us a potential vaccine for two of the most prominent strains of bird flu that affect Asia and North America as well as pockets around the world. It’s a good sign for those who believe in the power of vaccines. It’s a harbinger of further healthcare-based population control measures for conspiracy theorists, particularly those against vaccines.
If it works, the innovative model created by scientists will mark a relatively new concept in the vaccine world. By piggybacking off of a clone of the Newcastle disease virus, scientists attach a small section of H5N1 and H7N9 and inject it into the subjects.
“We believe this Newcastle disease virus concept works very well for poultry because you kill two birds with one stone, metaphorically speaking,” said Jürgen Richt, the director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases. “You use only one vector to vaccinate and protect against a selected virus strain of avian influenza.”
The problem is affecting wild birds and consumable poultry around the world with 14 US states seeing nearly 40 million birds killed by the diseases or slaughtered due to the H5N2 bird flu. This technique could be potentially transmuted to work on this and other types of avian influenza.