Melbourne: Scientists in Australia areabout to trial a new vaccine which they claim aims to protectagainst dengue fever, a mosquito-borne viral disease. A team from the University of Western Australia andthe Telethon Institute for Child Health Research is all set totest the vaccine which can protect against all four strains ofthe potentially devastating dengue fever.
"At the moment there is no licensed vaccine availableto prevent dengue disease and no specific treatment exists.Controlling mosquito numbers is the only effective method ofprevention at this time," Dr Richmond said. Healthy adults aged between 18 and 60 years who wantto find out more about participating in the study can contacta research nurse on 9340 8542. The vaccine is being trialled in eight centres aroundAustralia and has been developed by one of the world`s leadingcompanies, Sanofi Pasteur. PTI
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