Officials there have confirmed that they are involved in a bid to find a ``seed'' of a vaccine to fight chicken flu
which the Speke plant would be involved in making.
is mutating into a virus that could kill 50million people worldwide, an expert warned last night.
The drastic action, which has wiped out a tenth of the country's total flock, was taken to save Europe from a potentially devastating chicken flu
The last worldwide flu alarm was sounded in May 1997 when Hong Kong chicken flu
(H5N1) jumped to humans, infecting 18 and killing six.
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The fifteen Chief Veterinary Officers on the EU's Standing Veterinary Committee (SVC) unanimously voted on February 9 to adopt Community measures (a safeguard clause) for the control of Avian Influenza, or chicken flu
, outbreaks of which have been reported since December 1999 in the poultry-rearing regions of Northern Italy.
This winter's Hong Kong chicken flu
was attributed to densely packed poultry creating a breeding ground for a mutant flu.