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PLOS blog: What Kills Little Kids

Tuesday, February 24, 2015.

In a new PLOS blog publication (link) Peter Hotez and Jennifer Herricks write about diseases that cause the most child (>5 years) deaths. Nutritional deficiencies still kill more than 200,000 young children annually, many of them from protein-energy malnutrition, but there are other causes including severe anemia that results from hookworm infection, together with other parasitic diseases. Our Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development is developing a new human hookworm vaccine in collaboration with a HOOKVAC consortium based in Europe and supported by the European Union and Dutch Government, which if successful could reduce the number of deaths from malnutrition.

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