Med Page Today is reporting that the FDA have announced that DNA from a pig virus has been detected in Merck's RotaTeq rotavirus vaccine. This comes approx a month after levels of porcine circovirus were detected in Rotarix, a rotavirus vaccine manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline.
Officials at Merck said in a statement on their website:
"There is no evidence at this time that DNA from PCV1 causes any disease in humans," the statement said. "We remain confident in the safety profile and quality of RotaTeq."
Porcine Circovirus (Associated) Disease (PCVD) causes wasting and mortality in piglets from 6 weeks of age onwards. Apart from support therapy, nursing and antimicrobials to control secondary bacterial infections, there is no specific treatment for PCVD. With nursing some animals may recover. This is not possible on any large scale and high mortality often persists under farm conditions. [Source]
A top FDA official stressed that the virus doesn't appear dangerous to humans.
For a minute I thought there was a problem here.
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