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Sask. researchers seek solutions as avian influenza threatens poultry producers

By The Star Phoenix   

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Provincial industry group says producers are on high alert as highly pathogenic strain continues to circulate.

As a particularly nasty strain of avian influenza continues to cause worries for Canadian chicken farmers, scientists with the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) in Saskatoon are bringing their skills to bear on helping the poultry industry, and ensuring the virus doesn’t become the next pandemic for humans.

“The virus is very smart, and that makes our job more interesting. We have a constant arms race,” said Yan Zhou, an expert in vaccine development at VIDO who has focused on influenza-type viruses for more than 20 years. She’s now working on H5N1, the highly pathogenic variant of bird flu.

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