Promise seen in an inexpensive cholera vaccine

  New York: An inexpensive, little-known cholera vaccine appears to work so well that it can protect entire communities and perhaps head off explosive epidemics like the one that killed nearly 10,000 Haitians in 2010. A major study published on Wednesday in The Lancet found that the vaccine gave individuals more than 50 percent protection against cholera and reduced life-threatening episodes of the infection by about 40 percent in Bangladesh, where the disease has persisted for centuries In a result that surprised researchers, the vaccine worked far better than supplying families with chlorine for their water and soap for hand-washing.…
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