Dengue Fever: Dengue Fever Vaccine Gets Tested

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Dengue fever, a potentially serious flu-like infection on the rise, is likely to be eliminated by a vaccine which is getting tested at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Therefore, if effective, this kind of vaccine can achieve a breakthrough in dengue fever treatment. In other words, approximately 2.5 billion people in over 100 nations are about to be infected by this epidemic with some in the United States will be helped out of serious impacts caused by this fever. The vaccine has been under research at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and is available to be tested for the first phase of clinical study or so-called the safety phase.

 


Dengue fever is kicked off by one of four viruses and is mainly transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. Some people are infected by flu-like symptoms or worse while others undergo a mild fever or nothing. This infection seriously results in 50-100 million patients every year in tropical nations and 25,000 deaths, especially in children.

 


Aedes mosquitoes are to blame for the cause of dengue fever epidemic. The mosquito transmits the disease by biting an infected person and then biting others

Aedes mosquitoes are to blame for the cause of dengue fever epidemic. The mosquito transmits the disease by biting an infected person and then biting others

 


Larva of Aedes mosquitoes

Larva of Aedes mosquitoes

 


Dengue hemorrhagic fever is a severe, often fatal, complication of dengue fever

Dengue hemorrhagic fever is a severe, often fatal, complication of dengue fever

 


Dengue virus (DV)

Dengue virus (DV)

 


Symptoms of dengue fever can be observed as a high fever, rash, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, and muscle and joint pain

Symptoms of dengue fever can be observed as a high fever, rash, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, and muscle and joint pain

 


A patient infected by dengue fever with rash on the whole body

A patient infected by dengue fever with rash on the whole body

 


There are lots of preventions against the outbreak of dengue fever such as using mosquito repellents on skin and clothing, avoid heavily populated residential areas, or using bednets if sleeping areas are not screened or air-conditioned. In addition, with the development of science, the news about a new kind of vaccine can bring hope to the widespread outcome of dengue fever which threatens human life for ages. According to Dr. Anna Durbin, the leader of the study at Johns Hopkins, vaccination would be a more efficient and cost-effective, and there would be a second phase of testing with more volunteers to check the effectiveness of the vaccine. He also added that if successful, this vaccine would take into effect within four coming years.

 


Using some sprayers can be of great effectiveness to prevent Aedes mosquitoes

Using some sprayers can be of great effectiveness to prevent Aedes mosquitoes

 


Preventions against dengue fever in some tropical regions all over the world

Preventions against dengue fever in some tropical regions all over the world

 

 

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I have been working as a doctor of a general hospital since February 1998. In addition, I am a full time writer and specialize in weight loss related issues. I also write for a number of different websites on the Internet.

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This article was published on 2010/08/11