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FDA OKs New Rotavirus Vaccine
Date:4/4/2008

rotavirus gastroenteritis was 83 percent and admission for diarrhea of any cause was 39.3 percent.

The findings were published in the April 5 issue of The Lancet.

"Inclusion of this vaccine in routine pediatric immunization schedules can be expected to greatly reduce the burden of rotavirus disease worldwide," concluded Prof. Miguel O'Ryan, of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Chile, and colleagues.

An accompanying commentary was written by Prof. Keith Grimwood of the Queensland Paediatric Infectious Disease Laboratory at Royal Children's Hospital and University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

The World Health Organization, he wrote, "is awaiting efficacy data (on the vaccine) from low-income countries of Africa and Asia, where much greater strain diversity exists and where 413,000 rotavirus deaths occur every year compared with 15,000 in Latin America and 200 in Europe."

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about rotavirus.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, news release, April 3, 2008; The Lancet, news release, April 4, 2008


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