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Growing Number Of Dengue Cases In India Increases Risk Of Disease Spreading Worldwide, Experts Warn

“An epidemic of dengue fever in India is fostering a growing sense of alarm even as government officials here have publicly refused to acknowledge the scope of a problem that experts say is threatening hundreds of millions of people, not just in India but around the world,” the New York Times reports. Dengue is endemic in half of the world’s countries and continuing to spread, experts say, according to the newspaper. In India’s capital, New Delhi, “where areas of standing water contribute to the epidemic’s growth, hospitals are overrun and feverish patients are sharing beds and languishing in hallways,” the newspaper writes. With officials citing 30,002 cases of dengue in India through October, “a 59 percent jump from the 18,860 recorded for all of 2011,” several experts say the true number of infections in the country is in the tens of millions, the New York Times notes.

Experimental Dengue Vaccine Protects Against 3 Of 4 Viral Strains, Study Results Show

“The world’s first vaccine against dengue fever, being developed by French drugmaker Sanofi SA, protected against three of the virus’s four strains in a keenly awaited clinical trial in Thailand,” the company announced on Wednesday, Reuters reports (Hirschler/Regan, 7/25). “The vaccine actually generated antibody responses against all four strains of the virus, but for some reason, one strain was still able to infect children who received the vaccine, the company said, and scientists are now trying to figure out why,” the Los Angeles Times’ “Science Now” blog reports, adding, “Meanwhile, a much larger trial involving 31,000 adults and children is now under way in 10 countries in Asia and Latin America” (Maugh, 7/26). Reuters notes, “Other drug companies are also working on dengue vaccines but Sanofi’s product is several years ahead” (7/25).

Singapore, Thailand Face Worsening Dengue Outbreaks

“As weekly dengue fever infections surge to a record, Singaporean health officials are stepping up efforts to beat back a tropical disease outbreak that could become the city-state’s worst ever,” the Wall Street Journal’s “Southeast Asia Real Time” blog reports. More than 9,400 people have been infected so far this…

New York Times Examines Efforts To Stop Spread Of Dengue In Asia

“While emerging diseases like influenza A(H1N1), also known as swine flu, continue to dominate the headlines, experts say dengue is not only thriving in many endemic areas, it is also spreading to countries previously unaffected by the disease,” New York Times writes.

Sanofi Pasteur’s Dengue Vaccine Receives Market Approval In 11 Countries

Reuters: Sanofi’s dengue vaccine approved in 11 countries “Sanofi Pasteur, Sanofi’s vaccines unit, said on Tuesday that its dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, had received market approval in eleven countries. To date the vaccine has been approved in Mexico, the Philippines, Brazil, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Guatemala, Peru, Indonesia, Thailand, and…

Sanofi Remains Committed To Ensuring Vaccines Available To All People

New York Times: Letter to the editor: The Drug Maker Sanofi’s New Dengue Vaccine Kathleen Tregoning, executive vice president for external affairs at Sanofi “…Sanofi spent close to $1.5 billion and 20 years developing a new dengue vaccine for the world’s most at-risk populations. We develop lifesaving vaccines for many…

Philippines Threatens To Sue Sanofi Over Dengue Vaccine

Financial Times: Philippines threatens Sanofi with legal action over dengue vaccine “The Philippines plans to sue Sanofi over its dengue fever vaccine in response to the French drugmaker’s warning that the drug could lead to severe infections in some cases, the country’s health secretary said on Thursday. … [Francisco Duque,…

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