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Anonymous asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsInfectious Diseases · 9 years ago

Antiviral substance produced in a cell in response to viral infection to prevent the replication of new virus?

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  • 9 years ago
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    Prabhash, Some, but not all cells are able to produce an antiviral substance to prevent replication of a new virus infection. If such substances are produced, they are known as antibodies. Some of these deadliest of viruses that usually kill the host before developing a sufficient amount of protective antibodies occur with several epidemic hemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola, Lassa, and Brazilian hemorrhagic fever. Blood serum from a patient who has recovered from a potentially hemorrhagic virus infection by producing a sufficient quantity of effective antibodies is sometimes used to treat new patients who have just become infected. This is what some antiserum is used for to treat certain infections but it does not work in all patients.

    Source(s): an infectious disease physician
  • 4 years ago

    interferon

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