University of Liverpool - Hope for deadly virus control

February 4, 2010

Academics are seeking to limit cases of a stomach virus that causes more than half a million deaths a year worldwide. The University of Liverpool is involved in a public-private partnership that tested a vaccine for rotavirus infection in Malawi. Nigel Cunliffe, reader in medical microbiology, said the trial had "showed for the first time that rotavirus vaccination can prevent severe diarrhoea in an African setting, where almost half of the total global burden of rotavirus deaths occur".

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