Bird flu Vaccine almost Available

birdfluResearch from the University of Melbourne has discovered that boosting T-cell immunity can bolster the immune system enough to counter infection by the deadly H5N1(bird flu) flu virus strain. This comes as a well needed boost to the growing problem with the said virus which is considered to be one of the new generation super-bugs for it has the ability to jumo the species barrier. The problem arises when wild fowl who carry many strains of the flu virus but have ample immunity comes into contact with domesticated poultry and other birds. Domesticated birds have no such immunity, being grown totally in farms without the actions of natural selection at play. Once infected, like humans, exhibit symptoms of the flu which, can get in contact with people who also have no built-in immunity to the virus. T-cells are the super assassins of the human immune system and boosting them may allow the body to react promptly enough to stem the effects of the virus. The results of their research is well timed due to fears by epidemiologists that another flu-pandemic is underway with the recurrent surfacing of the virus in many of Asia’s domesticated fowl population.


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