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WHO Approves Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine

The WHO “has approved a new vaccine for [Japanese] encephalitis,” a disease “that kills thousands of children and leaves many survivors with permanent brain damage,” the New York Times reports. “Less than one percent of those infected get seriously ill, but it kills up to 15,000 children a year and disables many more,” the newspaper writes, noting there is no cure. “The low-cost vaccine, approved last month, is the first authorized by the agency for children and the first Chinese-made vaccine it has approved,” the newspaper writes (McNeil, 11/4).

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