NEW YORK (AP) -- Researchers are reporting promising results for what may become the world's first malaria vaccine.
In early tests, the experimental vaccine was more than 50 percent effective in preventing the deadly disease in infants and young children in Africa. A larger and longer test is set to begin early next year.
It is the first malaria vaccine to make it this far in development. Findings from two studies of the vaccine were released Monday at a tropical medicine meeting in New Orleans.
Malaria kills an estimated 1 million people each year, mostly young children in sub-Saharan Africa. It is caused by a parasite and is spread through a bite from an infected mosquito.
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
While WVLT allows comments on articles, we ask that you respect the online community. Comments may be removed at any time for violations including:
Comments may be checked for inappropriate content or rule violation, but the station is under no legal obligation to monitor or remove comments. If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.