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Scientists working on how to combat a highly infectious and deadly virus called Nipah, which is transmitted to humans from bats and pigs, say they have found around a dozen potential drugs that might be developed to block the disease.
“This is a potentially very serious health hazard, because so far, every single time it has struck, the fatality rates have been extremely high,” said M.S. Madhusudhan, an associate professor at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research who co-led the research. Madhusudhan and colleagues screened potential molecules against various strains of the Nipah virus and found around 150 possibles. Of those, Madhusudhan said, “there are around a dozen in which we have somewhat higher confidence” as potential future drugs. The findings were published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases journal… (Reuters, December 13, 2019)