Cholera is an intestinal infection that occurs mostly in parts of the world with poor sanitation, poverty and limited access to safe drinking water. An estimated three million to five million cases and thousands of deaths are reported each year.
Now, the University of Vermont has been selected to test the first single dose vaccine for cholera. They need approximately 50 volunteers.
"We haven't seen cholera in this area in at least 100 or more years, but we have a lot of experience with illnesses that are important to the global environment and here, especially at the University of Vermont, we've done lots of vaccine studies on other pathogens that are causing illness worldwide. And the goal of this trial is to get a vaccine that is available to travelers from the United States to places that are endemic with cholera," said Dr. Caroline Lyon of UVM/FAHC internal medicine.
The Vaccine Testing Center needs healthy people 18-45. There is generous compensation, but the study does require up to 12 days of isolated inpatient care for participants. Click here for more information on volunteering for the cholera vaccine study.
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