Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Treatment for Pandemic Flu
http://www.medpagetoday.com/InfectiousDisease/URItheFlu/tb/2774 reviews info about using the chemotherapy drug etoposide as a treatment for pandemic flu. This drug is already effective for treatment of hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), a disease which is a result of the over-reatction of the bodies immune system to EBV. Etoposide is human Cipro, targeting topoisomerase. It seems that young adults who die of H5N1 look exactly like young adults with HLH. This means it will be more important to have vents available so that victims of pandemic flu can get this medicine and recover.