Thursday, December 10, 2015

Finally, a Vaccine against Dengue Fever

Bloomberg Business yesterday reported that Sanofi have received clearance for Dengvaxia from Mexico. This is the first vaccine against dengue fever and the first step toward preventing a mosquito-borne infection that puts half of the world’s population at risk.
 
Dengue infection causes flu-like illness that can develop into potentially fatal complications. Warning signs include bleeding gums, vomiting, rapid breathing and severe abdominal pain.
 
One WHO estimate indicates about 390 million dengue infections per year although it kills less than one percent of those infected.
 
Sanofi expects another 19 countries to give approvals for the product that was developed over the past 20 years at a cost of 1.5 billion euros ($1.65 billion), including manufacturing investments.
 
Mexico’s regulator endorsed it for people between the ages of 9 and 45 living in areas where the disease is endemic. The shot isn’t recommended for children under 9 years old because clinical studies suggest it protects them less well.
 
Once Malaysia gives its endorsement for Dengvaxia, we may finally see the end of dengue fever.
 
Just last month, I was blogging about "halal" trolleys. If you think that idea – refer to my blogpost dated November 20, 2015 – was bad, think again!
 
Come January 2016, Malaysian railway company Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad is going to have a “halal certified” train service, whatever that means. I don’t wish to even start trying to enlighten myself on the idea because it will make me become stupid too.
 
Their president Lieutenant-Colonel (Rtd) Sarbini Tijan said if the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) certifies KTMB's service as "halal", it would pull in more Muslim tourists and boost the nation's tourism industry. Hahaha!

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