Defense.gov News Article: Navy Dengue Vaccine Enters First Clinical TrialPosted: April 27, 2012
“The Navy, in collaboration with the Army, has three vaccines,” Kochel said. “We are testing products individually and in combination with our counterparts, such as universities and private companies that also are working on vaccines.”
Of the various vaccines in different stages of development, Kochel said, not one is ahead of the others.
“Everyone’s trying to get over this hurdle of getting good immune responses against all four types of the virus,” he said, adding that the “perfect vaccine” does not yet exist to protect U.S. troops from all strains.
And even though dengue’s Type 1 strain might go unnoticed in some people, the virus doesn’t have to be severe before it can be a hindrance to troop strength, Danko said.
“Even with moderate infection,” she explained, “dengue affects our ability on the front lines to protect and carry out the mission of DOD.”