Basic bird flu vaccine ready in India
The High Security Animal Disease Laboratory in India has developed a
basic vaccine for avian flu, according to local news reports.
The vaccine was developed following the AI
outbreaks earlier year in certain parts of western Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat
A formal announcement about the vaccine is expected
to be made shortly by the Union Agricultural Minister Sharad
The laboratory, which received more than 80,000 samples from
all over the country, had isolated 48 samples positive for H5N1.
vaccine, which still requires fine-tuning, was subsequently developed from these
virus strains. Field trials have shown positive results so far.
scientists are now trying to achieve 100 percent protection with an increased
dosage as the lower dosage has been proved to give almost 90 percent protection.
The Agriculture Ministry of India has provided 80 million rupee (around
US$1.8 million) last March for developing the
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