Iran produces vaccine for burn bacteria
Iranian scientists have produced a vaccine that prevents the life-threatening infection commonly associated with severe third-degree burns, Press TV reported.
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is the most common bacteria infecting victims suffering from severe third-degree burn. The gram-negative blood-borne bacteria can eventually kill the patient.
"Usually most severe third-degree burn victims die from Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections," ISNA quoted Dr. Davoud Mehrbani from the Shiraz University of Medical Sciences as saying.
"Similar to tetanus, the extracted and deactivated forms of its toxin can be used for treatment purposes. We, therefore, separated the toxin of the bacteria, deactivated it and used its immunization properties," Mehrbani added.
The vaccine can prevent possible deaths particularly in individuals at risk of getting burned because of their profession.
According to the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education, 96 percent of the nation's required medicine is being produced domestically.
Iran's Health Minister Marzieh Vahid-Dastjerdi says anti-Iran sanctions are the driving force behind the country's progress in the pharmaceutical industry.