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First dengue vaccine that will hit shelves next year 'looks promising', experts say

Published on Jul 11, 2014 4:54 PM
 
A dengue alert banner in Lorong L, Telok Kurau, which is part of the biggest cluster with 50 infections as of Jan 17, 2013. The world's first dengue vaccine will hit the shelves next year, following the completion of its phase three trials that found it 56 per cent effective. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The world's first dengue vaccine will hit the shelves next year, following the completion of its phase three trials that found it 56 per cent effective.

"It is promising, but not perfect," said Infectious Diseases expert Professor Annelies Wilder-Smith of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine.

This is because dengue has been rising over the years in spite of the best efforts to keep it at bay, and there is currently nothing else to fight the mosquito-borne disease.

Singapore dengue numbers hit a new high last week with 891 cases, and since Sunday, another 630 people have fallen ill.

 
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