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22 November 2012 09:22
French healthcare giant Sanofi Pasteur is reported to be planning trials starting in India of a vaccine for dengue fever
A vaccine for dengue fever is set to be tested in India as concerns mount about the wider spread of the disease around the world. French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur will initially trial the vaccine in approximately 120 adults before proceeding with trials on children, according to the Times of India.
The vaccine could come on to the global market as early as 2015, the newspaper said. Sanofi chief executive Christopher Viehbacher was quoted as saying the final trials of the vaccine will take place across sites from Thailand to India because it needs to be effective among different populations.
The majority of dengue fever patients experience flu-like symptoms but there is a strain that can lead to life-threatening internal bleeding. At present there is no licensed dengue fever vaccine, and attempts to develop one have been hit by various complications. Firstly dengue appears to be a condition that is unique to humans, making animal trials impossible, and secondly there are four different strains of the disease, all of which may be involved in an outbreak area. People with health conditions are advised to take out the most appropriate
pre-existing medical travel insurance for their needs when they travel overseas, so that they are well protected against eventualities while they are away.
01 December 2016
Pilots at German airline Lufthansa are on strike again after a two-day break in their campaign of walkouts.
02 December 2016
Britons are among the top spenders in Europe when it comes to holidays, new research has found.
30 November 2016
The UK should think about resuming flights to the popular tourism resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, according to a major United Nations agency.
29 November 2016
Plans are in place to develop a new aviation arrangement between the UK and US, to ensure holidaymakers can still fly between the two countries once Britain departs the EU.
26 November 2016
Hundreds of Lufthansa flights have been grounded after pilots working for the airline took part in a strike.
25 November 2016
The US is warning its citizens that Europe is facing a "heightened risk of terror attacks" at Christmas markets and other seasonal holiday events.
24 November 2016
A groundbreaking radiotherapy machine that can track the changing position of tumours in real time will soon be used to treat cancer patients in the UK.
23 November 2016
Top airline bosses are urging the government to scrap air passenger duty ahead of Wednesday's Autumn Statement.
22 November 2016
Winter sun is now the most popular holiday type, according to new research conducted by travel experts.
19 November 2016
A holiday price increase of 10% on trips to Europe could cause tourists to postpone their getaways next year, experts are warning.
18 November 2016
British citizens will no longer be able to travel freely to Europe without paying a "travel tax" or filling in visa forms under plans unveiled by Brussels.
17 November 2016
London mayor Sadiq Khan has signalled his support for a legal challenge to the expansion of Heathrow airport.