A possible vaccine for the H7N9 bird flu

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) – A potential vaccine for the bird flu has been developed to safeguard against the possibility of the virus becoming transmissible from human to human.

"We started making the vaccine in April of 2013, and were testing in adult volunteers by August. By November, we were certain the adjuvanted vaccine was working," senior author Niranjan Kanesa-thasan said.

The outbreak began in March of 2013 and it seemed to decline after two months. A potential cause is the wide-spread shutdown of poultry markets and the rise in temperatures. Experts are not sure if the virus is transmissible from human to human.

While the vaccine shows positive results, researchers can't definitely say it is effective because the human volunteers have not actually been exposed to the virus.

Written by: Brittany Linton, WUSA9


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