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CNN Meteorologist Isaac Burke
Moscow, Russia – Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly tested an experimental vaccine against bird flu in a farm in the Urals, Eastern Europe.
A worker told news agency TASS that a bird vaccine was voluntarily volunteered by an animal health official to the Russian president.
The vaccine, according to the report, is billed as a “first” and is called “viridozhoyovskii” (literally, “eye invader”).
The world’s deadliest bird flu virus — also known as avian influenza A (H5N1) or “bird flu” — is spread via poultry farms in areas where wild birds are often found.
H5N1 kills a high number of birds and some people who contract the virus.
Models of human H5N1 infection, 2003-2013. Credit: NIELS VAN GAALOM/AFP/Getty Images
Up to 50 million birds have died since H5N1 was first detected in Hong Kong in 1997. Some have died because they couldn’t be kept alive long enough to shed the virus or because they’re infected by bird-borne pathogen.
In China, where the virus first emerged, outbreaks are less frequent, but in the past two years, there have been 13 confirmed human infections across the country. One of those cases died, but the two other victims recovered.
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