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Malaria Vaccine Battle Has Been WON
Medical Authors and Editors: Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D. and Frederick Hecht, M.D.
October 15, 2004 -- A malaria vaccine has protected a significant percentage of children against uncomplicated malaria, infection, and even severe forms of the disease for at least six months, according to a proof-of-concept study published today in The Lancet. This was the largest malaria vaccine efficacy trial ever conducted in Africa. The trial also reconfirmed the vaccine's safety in one-to-four year old children.
Among infectious diseases, malaria is one of the world's biggest killers. It is estimated that malaria kills between one and three million people in the world's poorest countries every year, and more children in sub-Saharan Africa than any other infectious disease.
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