[Editing is mine] February 22, 2013 CANBERRA: A new drug has been proven to be effective in preventing the spread of various strains of influenza including resistant strains of the virus, Australian top science institute CSIRO said.
breakthrough, published in Science, is the result of a global
collaboration between scientists from CSIRO, University of British
Columbia and University of Bath, Xinhua news agency reported.
CSIRO scientist Dr Jenny McKimm-Breschkin,
a researcher that developed the first flu drug Relenza, said that
understanding exactly how flu viruses become resistant to drugs has
helped them to design a better flu drug.
"The new drug is
effective against these resistant strains. As the site where the drug
binds is found in all flu strains, the new drug is expected to be
effective even against future flu strains.
"With millions of
poultry currently infected with bird flu globally, there are still
concerns about its adaptation and potential to spread among humans,
causing the next pandemic," she said.