Sept 26 - Oct 1 2004 ~ Avian Influenza. Will vaccine finally be allowed?
As in the UK 2001 FMD crisis, reluctance to vaccinate is as much a result of OIE regulations as anything other consideration. Vaccination against AI stops export for three years.
Pro-Med Mail on Sunday 26 September quoted The Nation, Bangkok which suggests that in Thailand there is growing frustration at the government failure to stop the spread of Avian influenza. A mass rally is planned for 15 Dec 2004 to demand approval to vaccinate non-farm chickens .
".....The chairwoman of the Thai Indigenous Chicken Conservation and Development Association, Prathana Ngamwongwan, said the government would eventually approve vaccination against bird flu. "I am certain that present measures to contain the spread of bird flu won't work," she said.....As the ProMed Moderator said in August this year, ".. Many poultry farmers in Thailand -- certainly the small-holders whose livelihood is threatened to be ruined by HPAI -- wish their stock to be vaccinated."
...The Public Health Ministry, meanwhile, declared a nationwide health alert, following 3 recent deaths suspected to have been caused by bird flu infections. "The alert is meant as a precaution, and it should not be construed as a worsening situation...".... "
Regulations about vaccination should not be regarded as set in stone. As the ProMed moderator went on to say - " All this underlines the urgent need for updated, internationally accepted AI vaccination guidelines."