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Vaccine for traveler's diarrhea may be within reach

By David Douglas

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A test vaccine against Campylobacter jejuni, a major cause of traveler's diarrhea, provided protection against infection in mice and monkeys and may ultimately have human application, according to researchers.

In addition to causing diarrhea, C. jejuni is also associated with a number of "important sequelae," including inflammatory bowel disease, senior investigator Dr. Patricia Guerry told Reuters Health. No licensed vaccines for C. jejuni are currently available.

As reported in the March issue of Infection and Immunity, Guerry of the Naval Medical Research Center, Silver Spring, Maryland and colleagues develop a vaccine for C. jejuni and tested it in mice and monkeys challenged with C. jejuni infection. Following vaccination mice demonstrated significant immune response and reduction in disease.

The vaccine also completely protected monkeys from diarrhea caused by C. jejuni.

"We are very excited about these results," said Guerry. She thinks that a vaccine that could protect against various types of C. jejuni is "very feasible."

Her team, Guerry added, has recently obtained funding from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to continue their studies.

bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years 6 weeks
We rented a little house that came with a housekeeper/cook-for-hire named Lupe. Her food was INSANELY good. But she made a ceviche (I didn't eat it cause of the huge chunks of raw tomatoes...ick) that everyone loved. And of course they got sick afterward. Her remedy was a shot of tequila mixed with lemon juice and a few other mystery ingredients. Apparently it worked wonders! :rotfl:
amybdk amybdk 7 years 6 weeks
Dude. I could not agree more, Sarah!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years 6 weeks
I went to Mexico a few months after "The Cat Bite" (see Scar Stories! ) and my doctor was pretty worried about my susceptibility to new infections due to the hugemungous amount of antibiotics needed to get rid of the infection from the bite. I was vaccinated for Hep A (the kind transmitted through fecal-oral route). Luckily I didn't get sick on the trip but a few of my family members did. So this is good news, any bit of safety net against Montezuma's Revenge is a great!
momma-tikita momma-tikita 7 years 6 weeks
thanks for excuse me while I :sick:
amybdk amybdk 7 years 6 weeks
Poop talk just makes me laugh. I hope none of you are eating lunch right now!