Friday, February 25, 2011

Progress in search for dengue vaccine

Promising advances have been made in the testing of possible vaccines against the dengue virus. Dengue fever, transmitted by mosquitos, is believed to infect around 50 million people every year and kill up to 25,000.

Besides French and American researchers, Thai scientists have now also said that they have developed a prototype vaccine that can soon be tested on humans.

Science and Technology Minister Virachai Virameteekul said the vaccine’s development marked a major step in overcoming the spread of the dengue virus. Initial laboratory tests on mice achieved an 80 percent prevention rate.

Virachai went on to say that it was a very big step in science and the accumulation of Thai research over the past 20 or 30 years.

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