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U.S. in dilemma over poultry vaccine

by 5m Editor
14 December 2005, at 12:00am

US - The United States is stockpiling poultry vaccine to fight a possible bird flu outbreak, but is reluctant to use it for fear of hurting exports, a report said. Scientists say the best way to prevent a human pandemic of avian influenza is to stop the H5N1 virus while it is still mostly a problem in birds, the Wall Street Journal reported. But poultry-industry executives say importing countries would likely close their borders to chickens from states where poultry had been vaccinated. That&#39;s because the screening tests many importing countries use for bird flu can&#39;t tell whether chickens have been treated with a vaccine or infected with the disease itself. The U.S. exports about 15 percent of its chicken meat annually, with $2.2 billion in shipments last year, the Journal said. <i>Source: washtimes.com</i>

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