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Hemispherx Biopharma (HEB) Announces New Publication With Potential Insight Into High Mortality Rate In Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)


6/16/2014 7:54:51 AM

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PHILADELPHIA, June 16, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hemispherx Biopharma (NYSE:HEB) announced that a new publication (June 2, 2014) in the Formulary Journal (http://formularyjournal.modernmedicine.com/formulary-journal/news/mers-interferoninnate-immune-deficiency-state-continues-surge?page=full ) suggests that the high pathogenicity of MERS may be due, in part, to an innate immune deficiency state that results secondary to inhibition of a first responder to viral infection, interferon (IFN), at an early step in MERS infection. The article, "MERS, an interferon innate immunity state, continues to surge" is authored by Hemispherx scientists and affiliates. The authors suggest that correcting the defect in immunity may be the first significant way to decrease MERS-associated mortality.

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