It needs a bit of salt: University of Maryland researchers find new method for Salmonella vaccination

Want to prevent Salmonella infection?

Someday, all it could take is a bit of special salt.

University of Maryland researchers have come up with a new solution for treating the bacteria, which can cause illnesses ranging from gastrointestinal issues to typhoid fever depending on the strain.

But it’s not the salt itself that carries the solution, rather, it’s a microbe called Haloarchaea that the salt forms around. The microbe is a great mechanism for vaccines, researcher Shiladitya DasSharma told the Baltimore Sun.

A major goal of the research – and one of its funding agencies, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – is eradicating infectious diseases in the developing world. The discovery could help knock down rates of typhoid fever, which is caused by Salmonella typhi.

In 2010, there were about 27 million cases of typhoid fever worldwide.

To read the article from The Baltimore Sun, click here.

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