Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Infectious diseases focus of research for vaccines

Infectious diseases are still a large cause of death around the world even though scientists have made major advancements in treating these diseases since the 1920s. Fierce Biotech states that there are currently 395 currently in the late stage of development, which means they are being reviewed by the FDA. Doctors are currently seeing that many of the diseases which currently have vaccines and medications are mutating and "Super Bugs" are forming. These drug-resistant viruses are increasing. In addition to working on those medicines and vaccines, scientists are taking a particular interest in diseases affecting third world countries including developing world, such as the Ebola virus, dengue fever, yellow fever, typhoid and cholera.

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