Candidate vaccine could defeat EV71 infections

EV71 has caused major outbreaks of hand, foot and mouth disease around the world but most severe cases of related meningitis and encephalitis have been in Asia, researchers said.

The inactivated vaccine was well tolerated and had a safety profile similar to inactivated poliovirus vaccines, researchers said.

Infectious diseases experts from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne said, in a related commentary, the vaccine could reduce hospitalisation for the disease if it was