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Vietnam successfully produces anti-H5N1 vaccine for poultry

by 5m Editor
12 January 2007, at 11:27am

VIETNAM - Vietnamese scientists from the Biotechnology Institute have succeeded in producing vaccines against the H5N1 strain of avian influenza for poultry.

According to the scientists' report, hundreds of thousands of poultry, accounting for 80% of the tested poultry, could be actually rendered immune to the virus.

The research, which lasted for one year with the participation of Dr. Le Thanh Hoa, the first Vietnamese researcher able to decode the H5N1 gene in 2004.

Researchers from the Ho Chi Minh City-based Pasteur Institute have succeeded in completely decoding the gene of the H5N1 virus, type A, in Vietnam, paving the way for defining variations and transmission mechanism of the bird flu virus, according to Huy Nga, Director of the Department of Preventive Medicine under the Health Ministry.

The researchers, in collaboration with their colleagues from the Pasteur Institute in central coastal Nha Trang city, are carrying out more research to produce anti-H5N1 vaccine for humans.

Source: Nhan Dan

5m Editor