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November 4, 2010

Discovery Raises Hope for Treating Ebola, Lassa, Marburg and Other Fast Acting Viruses

Infection Control Today: "A new research report appearing in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology suggests that a purified and modified form of a simple sugar chain may stop fast-acting and deadly viruses, such as Ebola, Lassa, or Marburg viruses, in their tracks. This compound, called chlorite-oxidized oxyamylose or COAM, could be a very attractive therapeutic option because not only did this compound enhance the early-stage immune defenses in mice, but because of sugar's abundance, it is derived from easily obtainable sources."

Comment: Maybe worth looking at as an immune modulator in HIV as well?