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Cablegate: Avian Influenza: Japan Weekly Report August 03

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RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC

UNCLAS TOKYO 004409

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR AIAG AMBASSADOR LANGE
DEPT FOR OES/IHA SINGER AND FENDRICK
DEPT FOR EAP/J
USDA PASS TO APHIS
HHS PASS TO CDC
HHS FOR OGHA STEIGER, BHAT AND ELVANDER
DEPT PASS TO AID/GH/HIDN DENNIS CARROLL

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: TBIO KFLU KSTH ECON PREL SOCI JA
SUBJECT: AVIAN INFLUENZA: JAPAN WEEKLY REPORT AUGUST 03

REF: A. 05 STATE 153802

B. TOKYO 4205 AND PREVIOUS

1. There were no significant avian influenza (AI)
developments in Japan during the period July 27 to August
03. No human or animal outbreaks of H5N1 avian influenza
were reported in Japan during the above period.

2. In August, a research team of Hokkaido University and
Shiga University Medical School will conduct a study to
investigate infection mechanisms of avian influenza and to
confirm the effectiveness of a vaccine against avian
influenza. To develop the vaccine, researchers at Hokkaido
University took the H5N1 virus from a wild duck and
developed attenuated H5N1 subtype by a method of genetic
reassortment. They incubated the virus in a chicken egg
and took away infectious capability from the virus. The
research team will infect ten crab-eating (cynomolgus)
monkeys with high-virulent H5N1 virus that was isolated
from people who died of avian influenza in Vietnam. Seven
out of the ten monkeys were given the vaccine in spring
this year (antibodies of the virus were confirmed in six of
the monkeys). The research team expects to obtain results
of the study within six months. Professor Kazumasa
Ogasawara of Shiga University Medical School commented that
the study using a monkey that has similar immune cells to
human's would be useful for developing prevention measures
for humans.

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