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Study: Watch Southeast Asia Flu Origins For Vaccine Development

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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A newly published study traced the deadliest influenza viruses to Asia, which tends to develop epidemics that feed on each other to spread. The researchers reported in the journal Science suggests drug makers may be able to develop vaccines that match the latest strains of the flu. Researchers said weather patterns and travel among East and Southeast Asian nations lead to overlapping flu epidemics, eventually reaching other continents six to nine months later. Better surveillance of flu strains circulating in Asia could lead to more specific vaccines, the report suggests. (Click here for more
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