USU Studying Treatments for Swine Flu

Last month the World Health Organization declared the swine flu one notch below the level of a certified pandemic, causing concern for travelers in the U.S. and overseas. USU antiviral researchers received samples of the swine flu virus and they have started testing them against antiviral treatments that they hope will potentially lessen the deadly effects of a possible pandemic.The USU Antiviral Research Institute received the swine flu virus from a partnership of the U.S. Navy and a pharmaceutical focused on antiviral treatments. Donald Smee, antiviral researcher and research professor in USU’s Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Science Department, says the flu is merely simmering until it reappears in the late fall or early winter.USU has received $46 million in federal funding since 1985 to study viruses of military concern, influenza, RSV, Hepatitis, SARS, Yellow Fever and encephalitis viruses, many of which have annual outbreaks.

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