Experimental vaccine shows potential against Zika virus

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By: IANS | New York |
Published: August 8, 2018 7:44:42 pm


In the experimental vaccine, VSV acts as a vehicle to deliver the genes for two or three key proteins from the Zika virus. 

An experimental single dose vaccine against the Zika virus has proven to be powerful in mice, new research has found. The vaccine employs an uncommon two-pronged approach to fighting the virus, which is spread by mosquitoes and is most serious for pregnant women and their foetuses. The vaccine, carrying genes for two or three Zika proteins, proved effective in triggering an immune response that prevented later infection by the virus.

“The vaccine was potent, safe and highly effective, at least in the short term. There’s a long way to go, but we think this is a promising candidate for a human vaccine,” said lead author Jianrong Li, a professor at The Ohio State…

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