Epidemiology of VZV: Week 2 of December, 2015

Dec 11: There has been an outbreak of chicken pox within Her Majesty’s Prison located on St John City, Antigua as confirmed by their National Security Minister Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin. The Minister mentioned that Albert Wade, the Superintendent of Prisons, had reported that there were some suspected cases of contagious disease that is spreading among […]

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Varicella Vaccine Candidate Receives Clinical Trial Green Light

On October 26 2015, Sinovac Dalian, a subsidiary of Sinovac Biotech Ltd. received the approval to conduct human clinical trials (Phase I) using their vaccine candidate from the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA). More about the stages of the clinical trials can be found here: WHO Clinical Trial Report   The candidate in question is a […]

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What is Chicken Pox?

Chicken Pox, also known as Varicella is a virulent disease caused by the Varicella-Zoster Virus (VZV). A Transmission Electron Micrograph (TEM) of the VZV.     VZV is a Group I (dsDNA) that only infects humans. It replicates in the nasopharynx and nearby lymph nodes becoming viremic, spreading to the other organs and the sensory […]

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