Indian Firm Develops Inexpensive Vaccine for Battle With Cholera – India Real Time – WSJ

Cholera kills over a hundred thousand people, mostly young children, and infects millions every year.“Cholera is a huge public health burden,” said Hilleman Chief Executive Davinder Gill. “The disease is endemic in over 50 countries across the world but it especially huge in the subcontinent and especially in the Bengal delta.”The vaccine is a dry power, capable of surviving temperatures of 45 degrees Celsius and is produced in a way which dramatically reduces the cost of manufacturing. One dose of the vaccine should eventually cost “significantly less than one U.S. dollar,” Mr. Gill said. He hopes to start clinical trials next year.Cholera infections are caused by drinking water infected with the bacteria. If left untreated, cholera bacteria cause severe diarrhea, dehydration and sometimes death. Diarrhea kills 800,000 children under the age of five every year, according to Unicef. A quarter of those deaths are in India. via – WSJ


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