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Eggs should not be stored in refrigerators because the cooler conditions
might allow the bird-flu virus to live longer, increasing the chance of
exposure to humans, a senior Chulalongkorn University researcher said
Professor Yong Phuvoravan, who is part of a team examining patterns of
genes in bird flu, said that while the virus can be caught only through
direct contact with chickens, refrigerated conditions could allow the
virus to live longer on the outside of eggshells.
Speaking at a bird-flu seminar at the Chula Academy Exhibition Thursday,
he urged people to wash their eggs carefully, especially those smattered
with chicken droppings, and not to store them in their fridges.
He added that people should wash their hands well after touching the
eggs and cook the eggs in 70-degree Celsius heat. The virus has mutated
by about 3 per cent from the first batch found in 2003, which was a
natural process, he said. However, as yet there has been no evidence of
a mutation to make the virus transmittable from human to human.
Yong did say, however, that over consumption of the Tamiflu vaccine
could lead to the virus building up a resistance.