Bird flu, known as avian influenza or avian flu, is a disease that has been causing the world a headache, and even claimed the lives of humans back in 2003. Despite its human victims, the main victim of bird flu, as you can guess, is usually birds. The usual danger it poses to humans is the eradication of chickens used in the poultry industry.
And in that vein, there’s bad news for those suffering from the current outbreak of bird flu that’s disrupted the Midwest’s poultry industry: the U.S. Department of Agriculture has not approved the bird flu vaccine for emergency use.
According to a statement released by the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service last Wednesday, the current vaccine is ill matched against the H5N2 virus, lacking in the protection it provides.
The current vaccine only has a success rate of 60% in chickens, leaving 4 in 10 of chickens vulnerable. Further studies are still needed for turkeys.
While this is disheartening news, the USDA plans to continue its supportive efforts to make an effective vaccine.
Current figures for the losses cause by bird flu total 45 million birds so far, most being in Iowa and Minnesota.