Possible vaccine for Dengue…..

PARIS/LONDON (Reuters) Jul 25 – The world’s first vaccine against dengue, developed by French drugmaker Sanofi SA, has shown the ability to protect against disease caused by three of four virus strains in a keenly awaited clinical trial in Thailand.

According to the CDC:

As many as 100 million people are infected yearly. Dengue is caused by any one of four related viruses transmitted by mosquitoes.

Epidemiology

Dengue fever (DF) is caused by any of four closely related viruses, or serotypes: dengue 1-4. Infection with one serotype does not protect against the others, and sequential infections put people at greater risk for dengue hemorraghic fever (DHF) and dengue shock syndrome (DSS).

Transmission:

Dengue is transmitted between people by the mosquitoes Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, which are found throughout the world. Insects that transmit disease are vectors.  Symptoms of infection usually begin 4 – 7 days after the mosquito bite and typically last 3 – 10 days.  In order for transmission to occur the mosquito must feed on a person during a 5- day period when large amounts of virus are in the blood

Global Dengue

Today about 2.5 billion people, or 40% of the world’s population, live in areas where there is a risk of dengue transmission

Dengue in the United States

Nearly all dengue cases reported in the 48 continental states were acquired elsewhere by travelers or immigrants.

For more information go to:

http://www.who.int/csr/resources/publications/dengue/Denguepublication/en/

 

2 Comments

  1. Would like to know when the test for dengue has been tested and approved…Where could we go to get the vaccination. Husband has had the fever and was really ill, but not the hemmoragic one…

    1. The information about the Dengue Vaccine was provided via an article published on the http://www.medscape.com website. I have provided the source below. The French drugmaker Sanofi, SA are keenly awaiting clinical trial in Thailand. Also, they are in process of a large-scale Phase III clinical studies with 31,000 participants that are underway with Sanofi’s vaccine in 10 countries in Asia and Latin America. It does not sound like the vaccine is available to the public; however, if you need future information you should contact the company. We regret to hear about your husband’s illness and want to thank you for your response. We will research more information on this topic and post any new findings.

      Sincere,
      Moore On Health

      Source:
      http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/768076?src=mp&spon=38

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