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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 04:48 PM
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92. Because ferrets react similarly to humans with flu
See eg http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/07/0707161918...

During one of the most severe winters for influenza in 1933, a number of ferrets being studied for immunity in distemper vaccine trials were seen to share all of the symptoms of coughing and sneezing that the influenza-infected researchers were suffering. But this was not a distemper vaccination failure. The ferrets had caught influenza from the scientists and once again became invaluable in virus research, this time in the isolation of human influenza virus, in the proof of its responsibility for the disease and in the first attempts to prepare influenza vaccines.

http://www.nimr.mrc.ac.uk/millhillessays/2000/influenza...


And testing something first on a non-human mammal is still held to be far preferable than testing it on humans, by the vast majority of us.
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