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India joins the club in fight against Zika

The virus known to cause microcephaly (abnormal development of the brain usually resulting in incomplete growth) has been deemed a major public health by the World Health Organisation’s director general: Margaret Chan.

India is now part of a coalition of 5 countries that are trying to develop a vaccine for the disease that is affecting newborns in 38 countries. According to the WHO, 23 projects from 14 different manufacturers are now being developed in India, USA, France, Australia and Brazil (where the epidemic has first been noticed).

The United Nations agency estimated that some of these projects will begin clinical trials by the end of 2016, but that a treatment is yet to take several years before a population wide implementation.

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