FRENCH DRUGMAKER LAUNCHES EFFORT TO DEVELOP ZIKA VIRUS VACCINE

Feb 02, 2016

By Jane Brown

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A drugmaker in France says an effort is being launched to research and develop a vaccine against the Zika virus.

An announcement this morning by Sanofi Pasteur comes a day after the World Health Organization declared a global emergency over the explosive spread of the mosquito-borne virus, which has been linked to birth defects in Brazil.

There is no treatment or vaccine for Zika, which is in the same family of viruses as dengue.

Sanofi Pasteur made the first licensed dengue vaccine shot, licensed last year in Brazil, and claims its experience with the dengue vaccine “can be rapidly leveraged to help understand the spread” of Zika.

Symptoms of the Zika virus are usually mild and include fever, rash, and joint pain.

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