A Disease That Could Render the Oral Polio Vaccine Ineffective

baby in hospitalScientists from the US, the Netherlands and Bangladesh conducted a study to unearth why the oral rotavirus vaccine was only 43 percent effective in Bangladesh as compared to 95 percent in Europe. Similar cases have been observed in India where 95 percent of children that contract paralytic polio even after receiving three polio vaccines.

The scientists followed 700 infants from birth to one year of age and found that 80 percent of the children had environmental enteropathy by 12 weeks. Environmental enteropathy is a condition that is characterized by intestinal damage. Both oral rotavirus vaccine and oral polio vaccine failed in 68.5% and 20.2% of the infants respectively.

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