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Indigenous cholera vaccine close to trial

18 July 2011

KOLKATA: Researching for close to a decade, scientists are prearing to hold the large-scale human trials of the indigenously developed cholera vaccine and hope that the government would introduce it at least in the risk zones.

They have also proposed to map eight risk zones to accurately monitor prevalence of cholera, which would prepare the vaccine’s introduction and would save thousands falling victims to the disease.

“We are planning for the phase-II clinical trial on 500 volunteers. The field is being prepared. We hope to complete the trial in the next six months,” GB Nair, director of National Institute of Cholera and Enetric Diseases here told Deccan Herald.

A team made of researchers from NICED, Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata and Institute of Microbial Technology, Chandigarh developed the oral cholera vaccine using a live-but-weakened strain of cholera-causing bug, Vibrio cholerae. …

Read more: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/177390/indigenous-cholera-vaccine-close-trial.html


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July 23, 2011 at 8:41 am

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