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Understanding the Protective Side of Dengue Virus

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Infection with one strain of the dengue virus gives people protection against the other three strains for about two years, a new biostatistics study has found.

That information should help researchers trying to develop vaccines against the mosquito-borne virus, which is nicknamed “break-bonefever” for the joint pain it causes.

Dengue infects 5 percent of the world’s population each year, and its range is increasing. In 2009, it reappeared in the United States for the first time in 40 years. Dengue is now considered endemic to Key West, Fla.

Source: The New York Times (link opens in a new window)

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