Updated on 3 June 2014
The new discovery is a relief to the deadly MERS that has claimed 193 lives so far causing a fear of pandemic
Singapore: As cases of MERS continue to soar, scientists have finally succeeded in providing a much awaited breakthrough. An international team of scientists reported that they have found a compound which may fend off the virus. With 636 cases and 193 deaths so far, MERS is causing a havoc in Saudi Arabia and the rest of the world.
The newly discovered compound K22, blocks the virus' ability to utilize host cells for reproduction and multiplication. The virus multiplies in the respiratory tract of the host, by shielding itself in the cell membranes of the respiratory tract. K22 blocks the virus from re-shaping the membranes and utilizing them.
Scientists stated that the remarkable efficacy of K22 in inhibiting viral replication, confirms the use of host cells for viral RNA replication and this can be used as the lytic effect on the virus. With growing concerns of rising MERS cases, and the approaching Hajj pilgrimage in the coming months, many research teams are struggling to prepare a vaccine or a treatment for the virus.