'Bird flu' checks stepped up

Subject: 'Bird flu' checks stepped up
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005 19:16:52 +1000
The newspaper article at question is here:
It does not mention shooting hundreds of thousands of birds.

There are a number of ways where epidemiology information regarding
H5N1 in wild birds could be useful.

For example, if H5N1 is prevalent in Sharp-tailed Sandpipers we could close
(the few) poultry farms where Sharp-tailed Sandpipers might come in
contact with poultry.  This would be prudent not only for the poultry
industry, but to reduce any contact with humans and hence the chance
of reassortment producing a strain where human-human transmission is
a problem.

Obviously vaccines(s) would be very useful and influenza vaccine
manufacturers, including CSL in Australia, are working on this.
But vaccines take time to develop and manufacture and deployment can
be difficult.  Its also not impossible that change in the strain could
make a vaccine ineffective.


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