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Researchers of IIT Roorkee discover new drug to combat Chikungunya
A group of researchers from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT- Roorkee) have claimed to have discovered an anti viral drug called piperazine which is used to counter Chikunguniya.

From the researchers' perspective, piperazine helps in inhibiting the spread of the virus and also offers a new perspective for therapeutic intervention. The researchers have basically discovered the anti-viral properties of this drug and also determined a mechanism to combat the disease.

Chikungunya is an infectious viral disease which is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes infected with the virus. The disease can prove fatal if not treated in early stages. The research talks about the potential of piperazine as a pharmacotherapeutic agent. It also talks about how binding these molecules to the hydrophobic pocket of capsid protein, present in the Chikungunya virus, would offer a new perspective for therapeutic intervention, stopping the spread of this virus hence.

Piperazine is commonly used in deworming treatments against roundworm and pinworm. This research has significantly shown that piperazine, which is quiet easily available in the market, is successful in curbing the spread of the chikungunya virus in a lab setting.

Shailly Tomar from the Department of Biotechnology at IIT-Roorkee said, "We are currently testing the molecule on animals and hope to take this to clinical trials soon."

If we take the case of Delhi alone, it is common for Delhiites to suffer from vector-borne diseases like Dengue and Chikungunya during the rainy season. The pain and fever associated with Chikungunya can be excruciating at times and can even lead to the death of the patient if not treated in time. The government has been trying its level best to counter the spread of Chikungunya and with help from this research, the job seems to have eased a bit.

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