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A new treatment for the Malaria disease has been discovered and apparently it can destroy the virus in 48 hours.
Malaria is a virus caused by a parasite transmitted by an infected mosquito. The virus causes fever and other flu-related symptoms. The bite from an infected mosquito can infect humans and the virus multiplies in the liver, infecting the red blood cells. If left untreated, malaria causes death and 91% of the deaths happen in the African region.
The new malaria treatment is said to cure the virus within 48 hours. The new study was conducted by a team of scientists from the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The researchers developed a new compound called (+)-SJ733, which can kill the parasite that causes the malaria virus.
The new malaria treatent uses the immune system of the patient to get rid of the red blood cells which have been infected by the virus. The scientists say that this is a new mechanism they have employed in order to treat malaria.
The researchers say they tested the new malaria treatment on lab mice and found that the parasite was destroyed after 48 hours. The scientists said this happened after only one dose of the new treatment called (+)-SJ733.
In the past, malaria was very resistant to drugs and scientists found it very difficult to develop treatments in order to treat and block the malaria virus from transmitting. The new malaria treatment called (+)-SJ733 can slow and suppress the development of the malaria parasite.
R. Kiplin Guy, one of the scientists involved in the new malaria treatment said:
“Our goal is to develop an affordable, fast-acting combination therapy that cures malaria with a single dose.
Dr. Guy added:
“These results indicate that SJ733 and other compounds that act in a similar fashion are highly attractive additions to the global malaria eradication campaign, which would mean so much for the world’s children, who are central to the mission of St. Jude.”
The scientists are planning the clinical trials for the new malaria treatment called (+)-SJ733 and said they are developing a safety study of the new drug in healthy adults.