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Malaysia claims to have anti-swine flu vaccine

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 20:35 This news item was posted in health category and has 0 Comments so far.

Malaysian government claims to have a vaccine to prevent the swine flu from spreading across the country. 

The vaccine against H1N1 virus, which is causing the swine flu can be injected into pigs as a preventive measure, according to health department officials.

The preventive H1N1 vaccine can also be used by pig farms in other countries as a preventive measure against swine flu, according to Veterinary Services director-general Datuk Dr Abd Aziz Jamaluddin.

Malaysia has not received any report of swine flu symptoms in the country, so far.

However, the Malaysian veterinary dervices department was only waiting for the directive from the Health Ministry to carry out vaccination on pigs. 

Following this, Malaysian government has issued orders to ensure the vaccine shots to all pigs in the veterinary farms cautioning stern action against those fail to do this.

“If their workers have similar symptoms for influenza, high fever, sore throat and body aches, they must be given leave and undergo medical examination immediately,” Dr Abd Aziz said.

A preventive vaccine to fight the swine flu H1N1 virus has become an urgent concern amongst the drug makers and vaccine makers worldover even as the flu virus transcends continents raising alarm of an emerging pandemic.

Swine flu was first detected in Mexico where it has claimed 150 lives so far. Caused by influenza Type A virus, it has since spread to parts of the US, Canada and Europe, and West Asia.

The WHO is working with partners to prepare for a preventive swine-flu vaccine, and would help produce such a vaccine if the outbreak becomes a pandemic.

Vaccine majors including Sanofi-Aventis and Baxter International are ready to test some candidate vaccines provided they are given samples of the swine flu virus strain. 

Baxter International Inc’s vero-cell technology can produce flu vaccine in about half the time required by traditional egg-based manufacturing, which takes about 24 weeks, the company claimed.

Baxter, which makes both seasonal and pandemic vaccines, has requested samples of the swine virus to do laboratory testing and potentially make shots.

Several of the vaccines currently developed against the seasonal flu are not effective against swine flu.

The flu virus mutates fast and can become virulent by exchanging genes with related influenza viruses.

Several of the vaccines currently developed against the seasonal flu are not effective against swine flu.

The fear of swine flu spreading rapidly is based on the premise that the flu virus has the ability to transmit from humans to humans because a number of the cases who got infection have had no direct exposure to swine.

The symptoms of  swine flu is similar to that  to those of regular human influenza. It includes fever, lethargy and cough, and may also cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

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