In a lab at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry (IOCB) in Prague’s Dejvice district, scientists appear to have discovered the ‘Achilles heel’ of the virus.

“There is a family of viruses called the flaviviridae family, and Zika is one of those viruses,” said Dr. Radim Nencka. “We’ve been recently focused mostly on this family of viruses; in particular, we’ve been working on tick-borne encephalitis and also on the West Nile Virus, which is already connected or very similar to the Zika virus,” he added.

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Czech scientist know which compounds are active against the virus and already achieved promising results, but they are still at the beginning of the fight: “We still need to modify the active compounds into so-called pro-drug forms. These pro-drugs should have improved pharmacological properties, should be better targeted to the organs in the body (and) should be slowly eliminated from the organism.”

 

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