According to the director of ICMR, Dr. Rajeev Behl, two companies are currently conducting trials in an effort to develop a dengue vaccine. This information was shared on Tuesday. A trial involving 100 adults ranging in age from 18 to 60 years has been completed.
Dengue has become a significant concern in India, according to recent reports. Many people are killed by dengue. India is currently working rapidly on developing a vaccine to combat the sting of dengue mosquitoes in such a situation. In a recent statement, Dr. Rajeev Behl, Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), addressed the pressing issue of when India can expect to see its first dengue vaccine.
His remarks on the matter have been highly anticipated and shed light on several important points. In a statement to the press, he revealed that two companies are currently engaged in clinical trials aimed at creating a vaccine for dengue fever. A vaccine trial has recently concluded, involving a group of 100 adults aged between 18 and 60.
Dr. Rajeev Behl further explained that the objective of the study is safety assessment, immunogenicity and viremia evaluation. The company has announced plans to commence the third phase of a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. The trial will involve 10,335 healthy adults between the ages of 18 and 80 and will be conducted at 20 sites of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). In January 2023, the trials were granted approval.
Dr. Behl said the manufacturer responsible for producing the products three months ago was unable to do so. The company is set to make preparations in August for the commencement of phase three trials. According to the Director General of ICMR, the impact of this vaccine remains uncertain at this time.
In light of the recent outbreak of dengue fever, it is important to take measures to protect oneself from the disease-carrying mosquitoes. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
1. Wear long-sleeved clothing and pants to cover exposed skin.
2. Use mosquito repellent on exposed skin and clothing.
3. Keep windows and doors closed or screened to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.
4. Remove any standing water around your home, as this is where mosquitoes breed.
5. Use mosquito nets while sleeping to prevent bites. By following these simple steps, you can reduce your risk of contracting dengue fever and protect yourself from the potentially serious health consequences associated with the disease.
- It is crucial to prevent the accumulation of stagnant water in or around the house.
- In order to prevent mosquito-borne diseases, it is recommended to use a mosquito net while sleeping and to remove any standing water from coolers or pots.
- In the event that water accumulates in an area outside of a residence and proves difficult to remove, it is recommended to apply kerosene or petrol to the affected area.
- It is imperative to seek medical advice before taking any medication if you are experiencing symptoms of dengue.