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MERS virus could be battled with antiviral drugs tested on monkeys

from UPI

The MERS virus may be treated in humans using a cocktail of two antiviral drugs, which have proven to be successful in tests run on rhesus monkeys, researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said. In a study published by Nature Medicine, three monkeys treated with a two-drug cocktail of ribavirin and interferon were shown to have less of the virus in their blood, had no breathing difficulties and showed minimal X-ray evidence of pneumonia later. more


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