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Posted Thu May 13 2010: from New Scientist:
Baby vaccine contaminated with pig virus
Swine viruses are back - but this time they don't seem to be making anyone sick. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported that stocks of Merck's Rotateq vaccine against rotavirus are contaminated with the pig viruses PCV1 and PCV2. But the agency has not advised doctors to stop using it as the pig viruses aren't known to cause disease in humans, and rotavirus kills roughly half a million infants worldwide each year. An FDA advisory panel said the vaccine's benefits still outweigh its risks. The FDA plans to monitor recipients for pig virus-related illness. "There will be quite careful monitoring of the people that have received the vaccine and I think that's entirely appropriate," says virologist Stephen Hughes, who advised the FDA on the issue. Rotavirus vaccines are mainly given to infants in the developing world, where the virus is most likely to kill.
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That way, when the pig virus mutates, these infants will be pre-vaccinated!

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