Can We Outsmart Avian Flu?

November 1, 2005
by Anita Manning
USA Today

As the warnings of a possible flu pandemic grow more insistent, federal health agencies and drug companies are racing to develop vaccines against a bird flu strain that has swept along migration routes from Asia into Eastern Europe... ...Vaccine research is focusing on the H5N1 avian flu virus, but "there's no guarantee the pandemic strain will be H5N1," says Jeffrey Levi, policy director for Trust for America's Health. "Even if it is, if the virus mutates enough to be easily transmitted from human to human, we don't know if the vaccine now being developed will be effective."

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