Lyme disease : a vaccine by 2025 ? - The Point

Transmitted by ticks that are found in nature, which themselves carry a bacterium, Lyme disease (known as Lyme borreliosis) can cause facial palsy or be charact

Lyme disease : a vaccine by 2025 ? - The Point

Transmitted by ticks that are found in nature, which themselves carry a bacterium, Lyme disease (known as Lyme borreliosis) can cause facial palsy or be characterized by flu-like symptoms. If nothing is done, nerves and joints can be severely affected. According to franceinfo, a vaccine to counter the spread of this disease is seeing the light of day. In fact, according to the director general of the laboratory Valneva Franck Grimaud, the research is quite advanced (they have started there a decade ago), and he hoped that the vaccine will be made available to the public in 2025.

" The first tests designed to test the safety of the vaccine on the Men are already gone. It is taking a second step which is to test the best ratio of volume/efficiency. The third phase, which is expected to start in 2022, it is to test this vaccine on some 16,000 people, " according to Franck Grimaud. The goal of the laboratory is to develop a serum that would be able to fight against the european strains and the american of the disease.

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" We have included six different strains in our vaccine, five from Europe, covering 95 % of the types of Lyme disease (...). In the United States, there is only one strain, which represents approximately 95% of the cases, " says the director general. 300 000 new people in the United States and 250,000 people in Europe are infected with this disease each year, according to Franck Grimaud.

Increase in the number of cases

The numbers are on the rise in recent years, as confirmed by the French ministry of Health : "surveillance for Lyme disease for the year 2018 (...) showed a significant increase in the number of new cases of Lyme disease diagnosed in general practice in France between 2017 and 2018 (104 cases per 100 000 inhabitants compared to 69 per 100 000 in 2017) ".

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health authorities recommend to inspect his body carefully to detect any tick after an activity in nature. In the case of a tick bite, a red patch may appear within 30 days. Ticks are primarily found in forested areas and wetlands, in gardens, parks and forest in the tall grass of the prairies. Generally, ticks can infect humans during the early spring and late fall.

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Updated Date: 01 August 2020, 13:33

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