A new treatment for victims of dengue fever may not be as far off as you might think. Australian scientists took a massive leap forward following a recent, ground-breaking discovery.
The finding that the body reacts similarly to dengue fever and bacterial infections could lead to existing therapies being repurposed as effective drugs, and researchers say clinical trials could begin within 12 months.
The research, conducted at University of Queensland’s School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences and the Australian Infectious Disease Research Centre, was published recently in Science Translational Medicine.
The research team was led by virologist and Head of School Professor Paul Young, who has been working on dengue virus for many years. His long-term interest in a viral protein secreted from infected cells, NS1, has now borne fruit as its pivotal role in dengue fever has finally been elucidated.
Read more: http://www.breakdengue.org/researchers-discover-game-changing-dengue-treatment/