Anti-HIV drugs can be used to treat Ebola

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Drugs normally used to treat HIV may also be effective at inhibiting the Ebola virus that is transmitted from human to human by infectious body fluids, a new study has claimed.
Researchers used a mini-genome system to evaluate candidate drugs that could inhibit Ebola virus. Interferons and anti-HIV drugs showed antiviral activity against the Ebola virus in the studies.
“Using this technology , scientists will be able to measure the inhibitory effects of their experimental drugs on the replication of Ebola virus.This approach will also decrease the possibility of the emergence of drug resistance,” said Eleanor Fish, study’s lead author.
Interferon beta, the most potent inhibitor of Ebola, is now part of a clinical trial of individuals who were infected with Ebola during the recent outbreak in Guinea.
(Courtesy: PTI)

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