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Using nanotechnology and a patented signal enhancing technique developed at the University of Georgia, UGA researchers have discovered a rapid, sensitive and cost-effective method to detect and identify a number of rotavirus strains and genotypes in less than one minute with greater than 96 percent accuracy.
Vaccinating infants against rotavirus, a leading cause of severe diarrhea and dehydration among babies and young children, was associated with a dramatic decline in US hospitalization rates for acute gastroenteritis.
Vaccination of infants with Rotarix or RotaTeq significantly reduces the rate of severe rotavirus diarrhea, hospitalizations, medical attention due to rotavirus and severe diarrhea from all causes.
FDA Expert Advisory Panel Fails to Follow Safety First Agenda for Childhood Vaccines Containing DNA from Pig Viruses WASHINGTON, May 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) convened a panel of experts to review recent findings that rotavirus vaccines given to infants in the U.S., Rotateq, produced by Merck Pharmaceuticals and Rotarix produced by GlaxoSmithKline, are contaminated with DNA from pig viruses PCV1 and PCV2.
GAITHERSBURG, Md., May 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK) today participated in a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee meeting convened to discuss recent findings of porcine circovirus (PCV) in rotavirus vaccines.
The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI) said Friday that it needs 4.3 billion dollars to save more than 4 million lives by 2015, asking donors to foot the bill.
After discovering that doses of Rotarix were contaminated with an apparently benign pig virus, US health officials urged pediatricians on Monday to stop using the vaccines on babies until further notice.
FDA Recommends Clinicians Temporarily Suspend Use of Vaccine as Agency Learns More SILVER SPRING, Md., March 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- FDA is recommending that healthcare practitioners temporarily suspend use of the Rotarix vaccine for rotavirus immunization in the United States while the agency learns more about components of an extraneous virus detected in the vaccine.
LONDON, March 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK) today confirmed that it has notified regulatory authorities of the presence of material from a virus called PCV-1 in its oral rotavirus vaccine, Rotarix(TM).
The Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) said on Monday that a further 4 billion dollars is needed if the global vaccines alliance is to meet its goal of supplying life-saving immunizations to millions of children in poor countries by 2015.
Rotavirus is the most common cause of diarrhea among infants and young children and is one of several viruses that cause the stomach flu. It is in the family Reoviridae and is a genus of double-stranded RNA. Most children have been infected by the age of five. Each infection builds on previous immunity and thus subsequent infections are less severe and adults are rarely affected. The fives species of the virus are referred to as A, B, C, D, and E. Type A, which is the most common, causes more...
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