New typhoid vaccine could have “huge impact”
AMY PATEL STAFF WRITER
A new vaccine has just been reported to stop the dangers of the typhoid fever. The typhoid fever, caused by salmonella typhi bacteria, is spread through dirty water and contaminated food and has been seen in over 22 annual million cases. Children are amongst the highest numbers of victims, as they are the ones who are at the highest risks due to their bodies still in the developmental stage. Symptoms include headaches, nausea, loss of appetite, constipation and prolonged fever. Every year over 220,000 deaths have occurred. BBC News has reported a new vaccine that has the potential to prevent up to ninety percent in every ten cases of typhoid fever. This vaccine has been recommended by the World Health Organization as well.
In an experiment, 112 subjects were purposely infected with typhoid-causing bacteria beforehand, then given the vaccine. The vaccine boasted an accuracy of over 87 percent effectiveness. Professor Andrew Pollard, the conductor of these trials, has given a statement to BBC News saying that the vaccine could leave a huge positive impact on the world.
“If typhoid vaccines can prevent typhoid, then that’s all I need,” senior Jessika Wang said.
Depending on the success of the vaccine and how many more subjects it cures, it could have the potential to put an end to a fatal virus.
“Interesting, but awfully vague with the terminology of huge impact,” said senior Ronald Tu. “Not a safe bet of investments for the medicinal industry.”
Though doubts are inevitable, it is likely scientists and workers in the health industry will continue working on this vaccine.