A potential drug to fight the effects of a Zika virus infection

  • Researchers from a southeastern Spanish university announced the discovery of a molecule that could be used as a potential drug to fight the effects of a Zika virus infection.

  • San Antonio Catholic University of Murcia said that scientists belonging to its Bioinformatics and High-Performance Computing research group had found that a compound previously used as an antibiotic countered the symptoms of the mosquito-borne disease.

  • It’s a drug that had been withdrawn from the market because it had lost its potency as an antibiotic, but we know it can be administered to humans.

  • The molecular structure of the proteins involved in the Zika virus’ replication process was first described only a year ago.

    Zika: Know More

  • Zika virus is a member of the virus family Flaviviridae.

  • It is spread by daytime-active Aedes mosquitoes, such as A. aegypti and A. albopictus.

  • Its name comes from the Zika Forest of Uganda, where the virus was first isolated in 1947.

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