FLU FIGHT­ERS

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Health -

The ANU team gave gem­fi­brozil daily to mice in­fected with the H2N2 in­fluenza strain, start­ing on day four af­ter in­fec­tion. Treat­ment con­tin­ued to day 10. Sur­vival re­port­edly in­creased from just 26 per cent in un­treated mice to 52 per cent in mice given gem­fi­brozil.

The highly path­o­genic bird flu virus has caused more than 150 hu­man deaths since 2003 in Asia, Africa and Europe.

The virus has a mor­tal­ity rate in hu­mans of more than 50 per cent.

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