First vaccine for hand, foot and mouth disease

Discovered the first vaccine that protects children against hand-foot-mouth disease.

Mouth, hand, foot disease is a viral infection that causes fever, mouth sores and a skin rash that are often painful. Now a group of Chinese scientists have developed a vaccine that has been shown to be 90% effective. The vaccine has been tested in a trial with 10,000 children, who were given two doses of the vaccine, one dose at 6 months and another at 35 months. The vaccine was made from one of the viruses that causes the disease, an inactivated enterovirus 71 (EV71). Infection caused by EV71 virus It is of particular concern, as it can cause serious illness and even death in children. So the development of the EV71 vaccine can help prevent hospitalizations and serious cases. However, and since the disease mouth, hand, foot can be caused by other viruses, such as the virus Coxsackie A16, this vaccine could not completely eliminate the risk of this disease. Zhu F-C, Meng F-Y, Li J-X, Li X-L, Mao Q-Y, Tao H, et al. The Lancet (2013). More information. Topics related to: First vaccine for mouth, hand, foot disease.

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