Indigenous vaccine against Rotavirus developed
Last Updated: Sunday, September 20, 2009, 00:00

New Delhi: India has developed an
indigenous vaccine against Rotavirus, the most common cause of
diarrhoea in babies and young children and the product is in
the clinical trial stage.

"The multi-agency approach in the development and
evaluation of indigenous Rotavirus vaccine has been an
important development in the country. This vaccine has already
entered clinical trial stage," Union Health Minister Ghulam
Nabi Azad said.

The results of this trial will help in the formulation
of strategies for the prevention and control of diarrhoeal
diseases among children, he added.

Secretary Department of Health Research V M Katoch
said two Indian and two foreign companies are conducting
trials in India.

"Out of the two indigenous Indian vaccines, one is
doing very well and is at an advanced stage of trials," he

Katoch, who is also Director General of ICMR said, the
two foreign companies are ready to market the vaccine, but a
committee has been formed to test the product`s efficacy and
other strategies.

The severe diarrhoea caused by this virus is often
accompanied by fever, vomiting and dehydration. It is
extremely contagious and spreads easily through ordinary
person-to-person contact.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, September 20, 2009, 00:00

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