New Vaccine for Japanese Encephalitis

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Indian scientists have developed a more effective vaccine for Japanese encephalitis. The said vaccine developed by scientists at the Department of Biotechnology and National Institute of Immunology offers effective prevention of the disease as compared to others. Technology has already been transferred to industry after successful clinical trials. The invention assumes importance as the disease, transmitted by culex mosquito, has claimed over 1300 lives in as many as 16 states of the country during the years 2000-2003. The vector-borne disease causes inflammation around the brain and is characterized by high fever, headache, disorientation and spastic paralysis. Department has also developed a kit to test the disease. The kit named 'X cytone' which is already available in the market, would help detect the disease fast.


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