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Dengue vaccine produced in Brazil could be adapted for Zika

Dengue vaccine produced in Brazil could be adapted for Zika

The Brazilian dengue vaccine is in the final testing phase, the clinical trial, in which volunteers are immunized and then monitored for effectiveness of the product . According to what the director of the Butantan Institute, Jorge Kalil, told the FAPESP Agency, from this vaccine it is possible to adapt it to create an immunizing against the Zika virus.

According to him, one of the possibilities would be to insert in the virus dengue vaccine a gene encoding a key protein of the Zika virus. Another idea would be to create an attenuated Zika virus using a method similar to that employed in the development of the dengue vaccine.

The start of immunizations of the volunteers with the dengue vaccine is still planned for the month of February. The director stressed that even though we are experiencing an acute Zika crisis, we can not minimize the effect of dengue in the country, which still kills and must come very strongly this year.

The Butantan Institute is part of the newly created Zika Network , which is a task force to investigate the problem and has already begun research aimed at developing a serum that could be applied to infected pregnant women to fight the Zika virus circulating in the body before it causes damage to the fetus. the vaccine

Asked if the spread of the Zika virus could disrupt the clinical results of the dengue vaccine, Kalil said that "our main concern should be to enable the centers to make the diagnosis accurately, distinguishing the cases of Zika and dengue. I do not see a problem. "

On the possibility of a vaccine against Zika from the dengue vaccine and the time it would take to reach the population, Kalil told the Agency FAPESP would have to start all over again, but maybe the process will go a little faster because it would be very similar to what was done and we have already shown that the method is safe. In the face of hurry, we would have to talk to the health authorities. "


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