This Single Vaccine Could Protect Against Zika, Dengue, and Malaria


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Rather than targeting the diseases, the vaccine targets the mosquitoes that spread them.

By Kaleigh Rogers | MOTHERBOARD

The mosquito is regularly crowned the most deadly animal on Earth, and with good reason. Infectious diseases spread by these insects—including malaria, dengue, and Zika—mean mosquitoes are responsible for 725,000 human deaths every year.

Rather than looking for a vaccine for each of these different diseases, what if we made a vaccine against mosquitoes themselves?

That’s exactly what scientists have done, and they’re about to test it on humans for the first time. The vaccine, called AGS-v, was developed by researchers in London and is about to be tested through a small trial conducted by the National Institutes of Health.

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