West Nile Virus Vaccine Shows Promise

Vaccine could be on the horizon.

There is at least a good chance that a vaccine against West Nile virus is on the horizon, according to information presented by a Louisiana State University researcher at Kansas State University.

Konstantin Kousoulas said that test results show that Vesicular stomatitis virus-vectored vaccines can prompt immune responses against West Nile.

He was one of nearly 150 researchers who came from across North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East to attend the K-State symposium on emerging infections.

West Nile virus, transmitted by mosquitoes, infects horses and can be transmitted to humans. It is usually a mild, cold-like infection, but can result in serious complications and is sometimes fatal.

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