Bird flu treatment for humans

Scientists may have developed a treatment for avian flu in humans.

Antibodies that could protect humans have been isolated by an international team of scientists.

The discovery could lead to treatments that complement flu vaccines in the event of a human epidemic of the virus.

Since 2003, the H5N1 bird flu virus is estimated to have killed more than 180 people around the world.

Some countries are already stockpiling vaccines for a possible bird flu outbreak in humans, but no one knows how effective they might be.

The antibodies could be used to protect poultry workers and it is hoped human trials will get underway soon.