QUT researchers have found a native Australian plant can kill all four strains of the dengue virus. Dr Trudi Collet said it was the same plant that her research team last year revealed contained compounds that could kill the Zika virus.
“Zika and dengue both belong to the same virus family – Flaviviridae – so we had high hopes that species 8473 would be effective against dengue too,” Dr Collet said.
“We now have an Australian native plant that not only affects Zika, but also kills all four strains of dengue with no cytotoxic effects.”
There is currently no dedicated treatment for dengue fever. Dr Collet said she planned to publish the research and make the plant name public after the compounds had been identified and provisional patents obtained.