Jul 28, 2022

New vaccine could save thousands of lives

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Academics have created a vaccine which has the potential to protect humans from the infection melioidosis, also called Whitmore’s disease.

The vaccine is the result of two decades of research, and is the most protective tested to date.

Melioidosis is caused by the bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei. It is thought to be spread in soil and dust, but experts do not yet know why it only affects people and animals in tropical regions. Occasionally people from the UK have contracted melioidosis while on holiday abroad.

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