Experimental chikungunya vaccine shows promise in first human trials

August 15, 2014 11:49 AM

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Experimental chikungunya vaccine shows promise in first human trials

An experimental vaccine being developed by U.S. government scientists to prevent the painful mosquito-borne viral disease chikungunya has shown promise in its first human trials but remains years away from approval for widespread use.

In a study published on Thursday in the Lancet medical journal, National Institutes of Health scientists said the vaccine elicited an impressive immune response in all 25 adult volunteers who took part and caused no worrisome side effects.

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