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Vaccine Close for Food Poisoning Bug

A vaccine that protects people from the bacteria that poisons people through contaminated chicken is being researched and developed on the Gold Coast by Griffith University's Institute of Glycomics researchers.

According to the World Health Organisation statistics, if the vaccine in successful, it would help an estimate 10% of the worlds population each year.

The bacteria, campylobacter, is responsible for twice the amount of all other food-borne bacteria combined and it normally lives in the intestinal tract of warm-blooded animals, such as chickens.

Lead researcher Professor Victoria Korolik, said that they are currently testing the immune response in mice. She also believes that we should all be aware of the bacteria heading into the warmer months of Summer and BBQ season.

From: Gold Coast Bulletin 1st October 2012

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