Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Salmonella Vaccine Now Available For Poultry

Date:
December 4, 1998
Source:
Washington University In St. Louis
Summary:
A vaccine invented by a biologist at Washington University in St. Louis has received federal approval for use in controlling Salmonella bacteria in poultry.

A vaccine invented by a biologist at Washington University in St. Louis has received federal approval for use in controlling Salmonella bacteria in poultry.

Megan Health Inc., a St. Louis based vaccine discovery company, has been granted a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) license for a vaccine that controls Salmonella contamination of poultry products.

The new vaccine, Megan™Vac 1, is applied to baby chicks via spray in the hatchery. The vaccine stimulates immunity in the chickens, preventing Salmonella infection during the growing period which may result in contamination and subsequent food borne infection of humans.

In recently completed trials on US commercial broiler farms which included more than a million pounds of chicken, Megan™Vac 1 eliminated Salmonella on dressed chicken. Ten percent of the non-vaccinated chickens in these trials were contaminated.

The US broiler chicken industry has improved their processed chicken contamination rate greatly in the past few years moving from 50% positive in the 1980's to 20% positive two years ago to 10% this past year (according to tests reported by USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service). " Our new vaccine is a remarkable tool which will help broiler producers reach their goal of 0 % contamination." says David Zacek, President of Megan Health Animal Health Division.

The new vaccine, more than 4.5 years in development, is the invention of Roy Curtiss III, Ph.D., professor of biology at Washington University and founder of Megan Health, Inc.

"This vaccine is designed to live only long enough to stimulate an immune response in chickens and then is eliminated by the chickens' immune system to assure food safety at processing. It is very specific for Salmonella control, very low cost at less than one cent per bird and is easily applied using traditional techniques now used by US broiler chicken production companies." according to Sandra Kelly, MS, Biologicals Development Manager for Megan.

Megan Health, Inc. is a privately held vaccine discovery company established in 1993 with headquarters in St. Louis Missouri. "We are very excited about this first food safety vaccine. It is our second USDA license, (the first was a vaccine for swine, Argus™SC marketed by Bayer Corporation since March of 1998) and is the first product in a new market sector for both animals and humans, food safety vaccines. We have a full pipeline and are pleased to have been the first to apply this new patented technology to help solve a current human health problem." says Brian Clevinger, Ph.D., President and CEO for Megan Health, Inc.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Washington University In St. Louis. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Washington University In St. Louis. "Salmonella Vaccine Now Available For Poultry." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 4 December 1998. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/12/981204074551.htm>.
Washington University In St. Louis. (1998, December 4). Salmonella Vaccine Now Available For Poultry. ScienceDaily. Retrieved September 2, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/12/981204074551.htm
Washington University In St. Louis. "Salmonella Vaccine Now Available For Poultry." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/12/981204074551.htm (accessed September 2, 2014).

Share This




More Health & Medicine News

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Snack Attack: Study Says Action Movies Make You Snack More

Snack Attack: Study Says Action Movies Make You Snack More

Newsy (Sep. 2, 2014) You're more likely to gain weight while watching action flicks than you are watching other types of programming, says a new study published in JAMA. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
U.N. Says Ebola Travel Restrictions Will Cause Food Shortage

U.N. Says Ebola Travel Restrictions Will Cause Food Shortage

Newsy (Sep. 2, 2014) The U.N. says the problem is two-fold — quarantine zones and travel restrictions are limiting the movement of both people and food. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Doctors Fear They're Losing Battle Against Ebola

Doctors Fear They're Losing Battle Against Ebola

AP (Sep. 2, 2014) As a third American missionary is confirmed to have contracted Ebola in Liberia, doctors on the ground in West Africa fear they're losing the battle against the outbreak. (Sept. 2) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Tech Giants Bet on 3D Headsets for Gaming, Healthcare

Tech Giants Bet on 3D Headsets for Gaming, Healthcare

AFP (Sep. 2, 2014) When Facebook acquired the virtual reality hardware developer Oculus VR in March for $2 billion, CEO Mark Zuckerberg hailed the firm's technology as "a new communication platform." Duration: 02:24 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins