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New drug could cure Tuberculosis in the latent stage


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Tuberculosis XrayA new discovery could lead to the first new drug that could cure Tuberculosis in the latent stage, according to researchers at Sydney’s Centenary Institute.

Tuberculosis is spread through the air and most infections are latent, but about one in ten infections progresses to active disease. “Unfortunately, the antibiotics we use to fight TB aren’t effective against latent TB and can only be used when the disease becomes active. This is a major problem as 1 out of 10 people who have latent TB will develop the active disease, becoming sick and contagious.” said Dr. Nick West, Associate Faculty of the Mycobacterial group at Centenary.

The researchers made a vital discovery in the development of a new drug that could cure Tuberculosis in the latent stage. Dr West explains, “We have investigated a protein that is essential for TB to survive and we have had some success in developing a drug that will inhibit this protein. Our goal over the coming months is to find out the full extent of this drug’s potential.”

“If we can figure out a way to treat TB when it’s in a latent stage, then we could save millions of lives throughout the world.”

Source: EurekAlert!




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