The virus is the most common cause of severe diarrhoea in young children throughout the world and kills, on average, one child every minute in developing countries.
Here in Sweden, up to 1.700 children are hospitalized each year for treatment of the virus.
After previous research setbacks, much hope is now placed on the new vaccines. Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine published two trials with good results. One of the vaccines was tested in Latin-America and the other in the USA, Sweden, Finland and Holland. The head of the Swedish part of the study, Leif Gothefors at Umeå University told newspaper Dagens Nyheter that, ”This is a big medical breakthrough because the rotavirus is one of the largest child killers in the developing world.”