The drug sofosbuvir, used in the treatment of chronic hepatitis C, was also effective in combating chikungunya and yellow fever virus, according to a study by University of Sao Paulo (USP) researchers whose results were released on Thursday in Brazil. .
The study is part of a doctoral student project of several students at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Sao Paulo (ICB-USP), led by Professor Lucio Freitas Junior, on Thursday, the Foundation for Research Support in the State of Sao Paulo (Fapesp), which financed the project .
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"The human cells infected with the chikungunya virus were treated with sofosbuvir and the drug eliminated the virus without damaging the cells. The drug was 11 times more effective against the virus than against the cells," says Rafaela Milan Bonotto, one of the authors of the work.
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