Controlling dengue with vaccines in Thailand.

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

PLoS neglected tropical diseases, Volume 6, Issue 10, p.e1876 (2012)

Keywords:

December 2012, Public Health Sciences Division, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division

Abstract:

Dengue is a mosquito-borne infectious disease that constitutes a growing global threat with the habitat expansion of its vectors Aedes aegyti and A. albopictus and increasing urbanization. With no effective treatment and limited success of vector control, dengue vaccines constitute the best control measure for the foreseeable future. With four interacting dengue serotypes, the development of an effective vaccine has been a challenge. Several dengue vaccine candidates are currently being tested in clinical trials. Before the widespread introduction of a new dengue vaccine, one needs to consider how best to use limited supplies of vaccine given the complex dengue transmission dynamics and the immunological interaction among the four dengue serotypes.