New vaccine against rotavirus could curb child deaths

The new vaccine’s efficacy of 67 percent was higher than the RotaTeq vaccine which was used earlier

A new vaccine that is cheap to make and does not require refrigeration has shown promise in preventing rotavirus, a contagious and fatal disease that
disproportionately strikes children in Africa, researchers have said.

A trial in Niger found that the new vaccine was almost 67 per cent effective in preventing gastroenteritis caused by rotavirus, which is the most common cause of severe diarrheal disease in the world.More than 500,000 children die each year from dehydration and complications of rotavirus, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the World Health Organization. 

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