Could ebselen prevent sexual transmission of the Zika virus?

In a recently published study, a promising antioxidant drug – ebselen – has been discovered to prevent sexual transmission of the Zika virus from male to female mice. These findings suggest a potential role for the drug in preventing viral spread among humans.

Zika virus infection usually causes mild symptoms in humans; however, the virus has also been linked with congenital microcephaly and Guillain–Barré syndrome. The virus is primarily spread between humans by mosquitoes; however, recent research has suggested that sexual transmission may be possible, with transmissions occurring primarily from men to women.

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