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    Malaysian strain of bird flu virus to be used in vaccine
    Kuala Lumpur: A unique strain of bird flu virus, which caused recent outbreaks in Malaysia, has been isolated by the country's scientists and will be used to create a vaccine worldwide against the pandemic.

    "We have detected this virus (that caused outbreaks in 2004 and last year), which is unique to Malaysia. The virus will be used in the formulation of vaccines to flight Flu B," Malaysia's health minister Chua Soi Lek was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times daily.

    The B strain of the virus, though not as severe as the influenza A virus, can prove fatal for young children and the elderly, it said.

    Pharmaceutical companies have been directed by the World Health Organisation to include the new strain in the vaccines prepared to take on the next flu season, the report said.
    http://www.newkerala.com/news2.php?a...lnews&id=56237

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    Re: Malaysian strain of bird flu virus to be used in vaccine

    I found it here:
    http://tinyurl.com/ksyct

    Health Minister Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek said the isolation of the influenza B strain, named B/Malaysia/2505/2004, would pave the way to create the 2006/2007 influenza vaccine.

    So, this is influenza B , normal flu and not bird flu.

    apparantly several newspapers got this wrong.
    I even found a silly image with a chicken in a cage here: ;-)
    http://www.newkerala.com/news2.php?a...lnews&id=56237
    Last edited by gsgs; May 9, 2006, 08:28 AM.
    I'm interested in expert panflu damage estimates
    my current links: http://bit.ly/hFI7H ILI-charts: http://bit.ly/CcRgT

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    • #3
      Re: Malaysian strain of bird flu virus to be used in vaccine

      Why don't they add one of the H5N1 strains just on the chance it could reduce mortality?

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      • #4
        Re: Malaysian strain of bird flu virus to be used in vaccine

        they actually have 4 strains in the H5N1-vaccine, I think.
        I don't know, whether it can be mixed with the normal flu vaccine

        A/Indonesia/5/05
        A/Vietnam/1203/04
        A/Hongkong/213/03
        A/Hongkong/156/97
        I'm interested in expert panflu damage estimates
        my current links: http://bit.ly/hFI7H ILI-charts: http://bit.ly/CcRgT

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