Highlighting the fears of the bird flu H5N1, the World Health Organization (WHO) said, it was ‘deeply concerned’ about the danger of scientific information could fall into the wrong hands.
A research team from Netherlands led by Ron Fouchier at Rotterdam’s Erasmus Medical Center said it had created a mutant version of the H5N1 bird flu virus that could for the first time be spread among mammals.
The research has caused a storm of controversy and divided scientists, with some saying it should never have been carried out.
Scientists have developed a vaccine that could end the need for annual winter flu injections.
The Philippines remains one of the countries that are bird flu free.
The Vaccine Research Center in the US say H2N2 has the ability to cause a pandemic in the same way that of H1N1.