U.S. could use vaccines being developed to fight bird flu in poultry

April 22, 2015 5:00 AM

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CHICAGO, April 22 (Reuters) - Faced with a deadly bird flu outbreak that has infected millions of chickens and turkeys, the U.S. Agriculture Department could turn to what it has always seen as a last resort: readying and deploying a vaccine to fight the disease.

Up to now, the USDA has said it would prefer not to allow farmers to vaccinate their flocks, as doing so could prompt wider import bans on U.S. poultry and eggs in the $5.7 billion export market. Inoculations produce antibodies that would make it difficult to tell if a bird had actually had the viru...

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