Chemical that Can Stop Flu Spread Found

Scientists in Hong Kong and the United States have identified a synthetic compound which appears to be able to stop the replication of   influenza viruses, including the H5N1 bird flu virus.

The search for such new “inhibitors” has grown more urgent in recent years as drugs, like oseltamivir, have become largely ineffective against certain flu strains, like the H1N1 seasonal flu virus. Experts now question how well the drug would stand up against H5N1, should it unleash a pandemic.

Researchers in Hong Kong and the US found 20 compounds catalogued with the US National Cancer Institute that could potentially restrict the proliferation of the H5N1

Sources:The Times Of India

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