URI gets $11.4M grant for dengue fever research

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A University of Rhode Island researcher has received a more than $11 million federal grant to study dengue fever.

The university announced the grant from the National Institutes of Health on Monday.

The money will go toward field studies in Asia, laboratory research and a vaccine trial. Dengue virus inflects some 100 million people each year and causes an estimated 20,000 deaths in tropical areas around the world.

The work on the virus is directed by URI research professor Alan Rothman, who will collaborate with researchers from several U.S. universities including Brown.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says the funding will help prevent the spread of the disease and protect Americans travelling overseas.

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