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Sanofi Pasteur and Acambis Join Forces to Bring West Nile Vaccine to Market
Date:11/13/2007

ease and, through this unique collaboration we aim to bring this vaccine to market as rapidly as possible."

The West Nile vaccine candidate is currently in a Phase 2 clinical trial in adults aged 41-64 years and 65 years and above. Preliminary data from a previous Phase 2 trial in healthy adults have shown that over 98% of subjects developed specific antibodies in the serum 28 days after a single vaccination. The safety profile of the vaccine has been shown to be satisfactory.

About West Nile virus infections:

According to the CDC, West Nile virus (WNV) is a potentially serious illness. Experts believe WNV is established as a seasonal epidemic in North America that flares up in the summer and continues into the fall. About one in 150 people infected with WNV will develop severe illness. The severe symptoms can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. These symptoms may last several weeks, and neurological effects may be permanent. Up to 20 percent of the people who become infected have symptoms such as fever, headache, and body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back. Symptoms can last for as short as a few days, though even healthy people have become sick for several weeks. Approximately 80 percent of people (about 4 out of 5) who are infected with WNV will not show any symptoms at all.(2)

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