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Valomaciclovir may be effective in treating mono

In a study presented at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) in San Francisco, University of Minnesota researchers found that students who receive an antiviral medication early in the course of the illness become less sick than those offered the standard advice to rest for several weeks.

The study involved 23 university students who had mononucleosis and had been sick for less than two weeks. They were given either an experimental antiviral drug called valomaciclovir or a placebo for three weeks. The study showed the students receiving the drug had less of the virus in their mouths and recovered faster than did those who received no treatment. The students taking the antiviral medication reached a 50% improvement in symptoms in 7.6 days compared with 11.1 days for the placebo group.

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