Healthy Dose: Cholera Vaccine Distributed to Address Guinea Epidemic

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June 12, 2012 Médecins Sans Frontières is working with the Ministry of Health in Guinea to distribute a cholera vaccine with the hope of curbing the current epidemic. Nature reports: Iza Ciglenecki, project manager for diarrhoeal diseases at MSF, ran the campaign in Guinea. She hopes that the results will lead to more widespread use of the vaccine in epidemics. “Until very recently, no one was using this as an extra tool to control cholera,” she says. “We hope to add to the evidence base regarding this vaccine to help develop an intervention criteria for the control of cholera in outbreaks.” The programme follows on the heels of two modelling studies, published in the journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases last year, which suggested that cholera vaccines were beneficial after outbreaks occurred in Vietnam and Zimbabwe1, 2. But more information is needed on how and when to administer the vaccine, explains Ciglenecki

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Healthy Dose: Cholera Vaccine Distributed to Address Guinea Epidemic