Sinovac Initiates Development of Vaccine Against Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease
BEIJING, Sept. 23 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ — Sinovac Biotech Ltd. , a leading developer and provider of vaccines in China, today announced it has initiated development of a vaccine human enterovirus 71, EV 71, which causes hand, foot, and mouth disease (or HFMD). In collaboration with China the CDC, Sinovac will be supplied with epidemiology study results from the outbreak area, which will facilitate the Company’s vaccine research and development initiatives.
Mr. Weidong Yin, President and CEO, commented, ”Outbreaks of HFMD have occurred in many countries since the 1970s. The disease has increasingly become a threat not only in China, but also in neighboring countries. Since no vaccine is currently available to protect our children, we believe that, as a leading vaccine developer in China, it is our responsibility to engage in the development of a vaccine against EV71. We anticipate that this product has the potential to become another flagship product once it is developed and commercialized similar to Healive.”
Enterovirus 71, or EV71, causes Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (or HFMD) among children. HFMD is a common and usually mild childhood disease. EV71 is a frequent cause of HFMD epidemics associated with neurological disease in a small proportion of cases. There have been a number of outbreaks of EV71 HFMD in the Asia-Pacific region since 1997. Outbreaks have been reported in Malaysia (1997), Taiwan (1998, 2000 & 2001), China (1998-2008), Australia (1999) and Singapore (2000) among other areas in the region. There is no specific treatment for enterovirus infections and a vaccine is not currently available.
In 2007, total reported cases were 83,344, among which 17 are dead. According to WHO report dated 7 May 2008, as of 5 May, 4,496 cases, including 22 deaths, of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) due to enterovirus 71 (EV71) have been reported among infants and young children in Fuyang City, Anhui Province, China, since the beginning of the year.
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