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Late-stage Lyme disease vaccine first in 20 years

If successful, the vaccine would be the first federally-approved vaccine for Lyme disease in the United States since Lymerix was withdrawn from production in 2002. may become. Poor Sales

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Andrew John

A red deer stag bellows on Moulin Moor above Pitlochry, Scotland, Britain Oct. 15, 2021.
Red deer growl at Mulan Moor above Pitlochry, Scotland, UK October 15, 2021. PHOTOS RUSSELL CHEYNE /REUTERS

Pfizer and French drugmaker Valneva join forces announced 6,000 people for a late-stage clinical trial to test a vaccine designed to protect against vector-borne Lyme disease. It may be the first federally-approved vaccine for Lyme disease in the United States since Lymericx was withdrawn from producers due to poor sales.

Annalisa Anderson, Head of Vaccine Development at Pfizer, said: "The global incidence of Lyme disease is increasing, giving people new options to protect themselves from the disease.

Participants included adults and children over the age of 5. They received three doses of the vaccine candidate known as VLA15 or placebo followed by The study will be held in 50 locations where Lyme disease is "highly prevalent", including Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and the United States.

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Until the trial was successfully completed, the company said

Although traditionally endemic in New England, Lyme disease affects 50 states. Detected in all and Washington, D.C. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States receives treatment for Lyme disease each year. Pop star Justin Bieber has revealed he was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2020, and Canadian singer Avril Lavigne has also opened up about battling the disease and its complications.

Early symptoms include rash, fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, and swollen lymph nodes.

Offering new options for people to protect themselves

Lyme disease can be treated effectively and quickly with antibiotics, but infection causes joint pain. Permanent damage to the face, facial paralysis, or ptosis. About 1 in 100 people can develop Lyme carditis, which occurs when Lyme disease bacteria invade heart tissue. Between 1985 and 2019, he had 11 reported deaths from Lyme disease, according to the CDC. Insects attach themselves to the human body, including in hard-to-see areas such as the groin, armpits, and scalp. Then chew it to inject it with the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. According to the CDC, a bug must remain on the body for more than 36 to 48 hours before the bacteria can be transmitted.

Lyme disease is transmitted from person-to-person contact and pets. There is no evidence of that. But pets can inadvertently bring ticks into your garden or home, says the CDC.

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