31 May '13, 11am

New Japan malaria vaccine cuts infections "by 72%"

New Japan malaria vaccine cuts infections "by 72%"

TOKYO: A team of Japanese researchers say they have developed a vaccine that cuts the risk of malaria developing in humans by more than two-thirds. The disease, which is carried by parasite-bearing mosquitoes, kills around 650,000 people each year, mostly African children under five, according to the UN's World Health Organisation (WHO). While there are a number of preventative medicines already in use, scientists say drug-resistance is growing. Researchers from Osaka University have developed a dry powder vaccine, called BK-SE36, from a genetically-modified protein found inside the parasite, which they mixed with aluminium hydroxyl gel. "The vaccine's effect is greater than those hitherto reported of any other anti-malaria vaccines," a statement issued this week said, adding BK-SE36 is expected to reduce markedly the number of deaths caused by the mosquito-borne disease. ...

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