In experiments for the study, mice infected with Mers virus who were given AM580 had a 100 per cent survival rate and experienced less body weight loss, when compared to those without the drug compound. Their lung and brain tissues also had 10,000 times less the viral level. Photo: Elizabeth Cheung

Chemical compound discovered by HKU-led team could open the way for a new antiviral drug with broad application

  • The compound, AM580, was found to inhibit the development of seven to eight types of virus, including Sars, Mers and H7N9
  • Further rounds of tests are necessary, but the researchers are hopeful the drug might be on the market in five years’ time
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In experiments for the study, mice infected with Mers virus who were given AM580 had a 100 per cent survival rate and experienced less body weight loss, when compared to those without the drug compound. Their lung and brain tissues also had 10,000 times less the viral level. Photo: Elizabeth Cheung
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