Michiaki Takahasi: Developer of chickenpox vaccine passed away
Dr. Michiaki Takahashi (85), a Japanese virologist, who developed a vaccine for the chicken pox virus passed away. Dr. Takahashi developed his vaccine by growing live but weakened versions of the virus in animal and human cells. The disease was not sourced by the vaccine, but the vaccine encouraged immune system to create antibodies. Thus, it fools the immune system into thinking that it has seen this disease before.
About Chicken Pox
- Caused by the Varicella-Zoster Virus (VZV) which is a form of herpes.
- Highly contagious disease that is spread via contact with infected person.
- Symptoms: rashes in the body, fever, loss of appetite, headache and tiredness.
- It’s most common in kids under age 12, but anyone can get chickenpox.
Chickenpox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, a form of herpes. If a person contracts the virus, has an active infection and then recovers, the virus is not actually gone from the body. It can hide in nerve cells for years or decades, then emerge again to cause shingles, a painful condition that causes a skin rash and occurs mostly in adults.