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CDC eyeing bird flu vaccine for humans, though risk is low

1 year 7 months 2 weeks ago April 22, 2015 Apr 22, 2015 Wednesday, April 22 2015 April 22, 2015 10:45 AM in Health
Source: Associated Press
By: Steve Karanowski

MINNEAPOLIS - Federal officials say they're taking steps to create a human vaccine for the bird flu virus that's affected the Midwest poultry industry, though they still consider the danger to be low.

Dr. Alicia Fry, an influenza expert with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says they're optimistic there won't be any human cases of the H5N2 strain that has cost chicken and turkey producers nearly 6.8 million birds so far.

She said Wednesday that most human infections with other bird flu viruses have required close, prolonged contact with infected birds. So, officials are monitoring farm workers who've been exposed to affected flocks.

Fry said the CDC has taken early steps toward developing a human vaccine in case it's needed, but that's a standard procedure with all emerging diseases.

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