The drug sofosbuvir, used in chronic hepatitis C treatment, was also effective in tackling chikungunya viruses and yellow fever, according to a study by researchers from the University of Sao Paulo (USP) whose results were released on a day Thursday in Brazil. .
The study belongs to PhD work by a number of students from the University of Sao Paulo Biomedical Sciences (ICB-USP), led by Professor Lucio Freitas-Jua, reporting on the Thursday of the Institute for State Research Assistance Sao Paulo (Fapesp), an entity that funded the project.
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"The human cells infected by the chikungunya virus were treated with sofosbuvir and the drug removed the virus without damaging the cells. The drug was 11 times more effective against the virus than against the cells, "said Rafaela Milan Bonotto, one of the authors of the work.
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