27 Aug '13, 11am

Malaria No More – New Study May Lead To Vaccine

Malaria No More – New Study May Lead To Vaccine

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Timothy Dobson takes doxycycline, used to prevent malaria, once a day in accordance with a weekly dosage of mefloquine, also an antimalarial, April 23, 2011, in Toubakouta, Senegal. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Timothy L. Solano) A small clinical trial of a malaria vaccine candidate recently showed 100-percent protection against the disease. This could mean, with enough funding, that a first-generation vaccine may be ready in 4 to 5 years for deployed warfighters and people in endemic areas. Dr. Judith Epstein, clinical director of malaria vaccine development at the Naval Medical Research Center and NMRC’s lead investigator on the study, told American Forces Press Service that the 40-person phase 1 clinical trial is historic in its success and has come after decades of work on a vaccine to prevent the ancient, deadly disease . “My effort as...

Full article: http://science.dodlive.mil/2013/08/27/malaria-no-more-new...

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