Scientists Infect Eighteen Monkeys with 'Coronavirus' In Bid to Find Cure

Monday, February 24, 2020 - 13:42

Scientists have infected eighteen monkeys with a strain of the coronavirus in an attempt to find a solution to the Wuhan 'epidemic'.

According to the World Health Organization, the rhesus macaques were exposed to Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) - a strain which can cause a cough, shortness of breath, a fever and, in some cases, organ failure.

Scientists at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that an experimental vaccine they have developed, called remdesivir, proved effective in treating the infected animals, Ladbible reports.

The macaques were all put under observation for six days and it was found that those who were treated with remdesivir prior to infection showed no symptoms.

The study concludes: "Our results, together with replication inhibition by remdesivir of a wide range of coronaviruses in vitro and in vivo, may further indicate utility of remdesivir against the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV emerging from Wuhan, China."

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