Thai researchers say that they have developed a prototype vaccine that prevents dengue fever and will conduct further tests to get it on the market within a decade.

The vaccine against the mosquito-borne disease was jointly developed by scientists from Thailand's Chiang Mai University, Mahidol University and the government's National Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.

Associate Professor Nopporn Sithisombat from Chiang Mai University said that this is the first time Thai researchers have created a vaccine to guard children against dengue fever.

The vaccine has been tested on mice and monkeys and the next stage will include human trials.

According to statistics from the Thai Government, more than 115,000 people were infected with dengue fever last year and 141 died, many of them young people./.