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University of Maryland to test Zika vaccine in humans

As Zika virus fears ramp up with the first U.S. cases of mosquito-borne transmission in Florida, researchers at the University of Maryland plan to begin testing a vaccine in humans before the end of the year.

The potential vaccine, which has shown promise in animal studies, is among the first to be in people as researchers race to curtail the virus blamed for a devastating birth defect that stunts brain development in newborns.

"A safe and effective vaccine to prevent Zika virus infection and the devastating birth defects it causes is a public health imperative," Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in...

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