Informo | Philippines launches probe into dengue vaccine scare

Philippines launches probe into dengue vaccine scare

The Philippines has launched an investigation into the immunisation of 730,000 children with a dengue vaccine that could pose health risks. Last week French drug company Sanofi announced its vaccine could worsen the potentially deadly disease in people not previously infected. The public immunisation programme was suspended on Friday. Dengue fever affects more than 400 million people each year around the world. The mosquito-borne disease is a leading cause of serious illness and death among children in some Asian and Latin American countries, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Sanofi's Dengvaxia is the first-ever approved dengue vaccine. In addition to the Philippines, the company said the vaccine was registered in Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Singapore, Thailand and Venezuela. The vaccine has also been used in a public immunisation programme in Brazil which, combined with the Philippines scheme, has to date provided around one million people at least one dose of drug. Malaria breath test shows promise Drones scatter mosquitoes to fight diseases Zika virus: Brazil says the emergency is over Sanofi said in a press conference on Monday that there had been no reported deaths related to its dengue vaccine in the Philippines. "As far as we know, as far as we are made aware, there are no reported deaths that are related to dengue vaccination," the company's medical director, Ruby Dizon, told reporters on Monday. "Of course, rest assured, monitoring is continuing, we are working with the department of health (DOH), in collaboration, to make sure this is maintained." Philippine presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Monday that "people should not panic over the dengue vaccine" as the government was looking into the matter.

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