ICAR announces development of bird flu vaccine

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ICAR announces development of bird flu vaccine

Postby shyvet » Sat Aug 05, 2006 6:35 pm

17th July 2006: The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) said yesterday that it has successfully developed a vaccine that protects poultry from bird flu. The announcement was made during the 77th Annual General Meeting of the ICAR Society, by Shri Sharad Pawar, Union Minister of Agriculture.

India experienced its first outbreak of avian influenza (bird flu) in February, 2006. This led to the culling of hundreds of thousands of birds. So far, no human infections have been reported in the country.

Dr. Mangala Rai, Director General, ICAR, said “Viral disease such as Avian Influenza does not recognize boundaries and the development of indigenous vaccine would go a long way in tackling bird flu effectively. Since the disease has got recurring possibility, further research would focus on developing another type of vaccine.”

ICAR is India's top agricultural research organization. It decided to develop a vaccine against bird flu indigenously. ICAR's High Security Animal Disease Laboratory, in Bhopal, produced the vaccine in a record four months. It is the only lab in India to conduct tests for the H5N1 variant of avian influenza. This new development should mean that India may soon not need to import its bird flu vaccines for poultry.

This vaccine is for birds, not humans.
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