Adenovirus: the vaccine is for military only

30th Jan 2018

he massive flu outbreak gripping the U.S. could let a lesser-known infection to slip through the cracks. And even if more doctors checked for the flu-like bug known as adenovirus, the vaccine to prevent it remains licensed for military use only.

That’s according to a new report published this week by the Centers for Disease Control in its journal, Emerging Infectious Diseaseswhich suggests the military’s exclusive vaccine be considered for civilian use.

Adenovirus can feel like the flu: Symptoms include fever, sore throat and diarrhea, the CDC notes.

But the lack of effective surveillance to asses its prevalence makes determining the toll of adenovirus difficult, the report says, and the lack of a vaccine could leave civilians living in cramped quarters needlessly vulnerable.

The study, lead-authored by Adriana Kajon of the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute in New Mexico, concluded that the “vaccine currently licensed for military use should be considered a potentially valuable resource to prevent disease in susceptible populations living in closed communities, such as college settings, summer camps, and long-term care facilities.”

A non-stop surge in military training camps of adenovirus-related outbreaks prompted the Department of Defense to reinstate the vaccine in 2011 after some years away, the study found, “dramatically reducing” cases of adenovirus.

The study concludes that adenovirus type 4, discovered amid military outbreaks in the 1950s, may act as an underestimated cause of acute respiratory disease among civilian adults…

 

 

 

source/read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2018/01/29/adenovirus-feels-just-like-flu-but-vaccine-military-only/1075866001/

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