Experts Convene to Address Major Cause of Childhood Illness and Death

September 21, 2012

10th International Rotavirus Symposium Kicks Off in Bangkok

BANGKOK, Thailand – September 21, 2012 – This week, more than 350 leading scientific, public and private sector experts convened to discuss progress and next steps in reducing the global incidence of rotavirus, the most common cause of diarrheal hospitalizations and deaths among children worldwide. Rotavirus takes the lives of approximately 188,000 Asian children under five each year.

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Greater R&D Funding Needed to Fight Diseases Affecting World’s Poor

Despite significant advancements in increasing distribution and development of vaccines against childhood killer diseases – including pneumococcal disease, rotavirus, and Haemophilus influenzae Type B – global efforts to reduce the burden of infection from neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) has greatly lagged, argues Sabin Vaccine Institute (Sabin) President Dr. Peter Hotez in an article for the June edition of Health Affairs.

New England Journal of Medicine Studies Affirm World Health Organization Recommendation to Include Rotavirus Vaccines in Every Nation’s Immunization Program

For the first time ever, studies published last month by the New England Journal of Medicine have confirmed a direct link between rotavirus vaccine and a reduction of diarrheal disease deaths based on data from three year-long studies conducted in Malawi, Mexico, and South Africa.

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