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HIV drug and West Nile virus

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Interesting report from Miranda Hitti of WebMD:

A drug originally made to fight HIV may help treat West Nile virusencephalitis, a dangerous brain infection.

West Nile virus is usually spread through mosquitoes; it can also be transmitted through blood transfusions, organ transplants, breastfeeding, and during pregnancy from mother to infant. Most people who get infected with West Nile virus don’t get sick. Some have mild symptoms; serious symptoms such as encephalitis are rare.

The drug, called AMD3100, didn’t pan out as an HIV drug. And it doesn’t actually tackle West Nile virus itself. Instead, it paves the way for immune system cells to do the dirty work.

More at the link.

Written by Leisureguy

6 August 2008 at 7:05 pm

Posted in Daily life, Medical, Science

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  1. Interestingly, we’ve already seen that a drug that works well in WNV also works well for HIV.

    Dave Moskowitz MD
    GenoMed, Inc. (GMED.PK)


    David Moskowitz MD FACP

    7 August 2008 at 2:29 pm

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