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Old 10-11-2013, 08:28 AM   #1
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Bird vaccine for West Nile Virus
Media Release | July 9, 2013
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http://news.ubc.ca/2013/07/09/bird-vaccine-for-west-nile-virus/
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“West Nile Virus has been identified as a threat contributing to the extinction of some rare bird species and its presence in common birds facilitates the spread of the disease,” says Joanne Young, lead author of a study recently published in PLOS ONE and a PhD student in UBC’s Michael Smith Laboratories and Department of Zoology. “A bird vaccine would go a long way to helping combat these adverse effects.”

Young and Prof. Wilfred Jefferies developed and tested a vaccine made from components of WNV and found it generated an effective immune response in birds. This may protect against the spread of virus not only among birds but also to other species. The team will now study the vaccine’s effectiveness in...
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Old 10-20-2013, 12:30 PM   #2
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Ummm..... wouldn't our $$$ be better spent ridding ourselves of the vectors as in.... the millions and millions and millions of flying rat reservoirs darkening our skies and picking our fields clean of seed while out competing our natives for insects to feed their young in spring? We're long over due dealing with European starlings and we've got some pretty effective starlicides out there that when used properly are pretty target specific.
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