Curr Opin Virol. 2013 Jun 14. [Epub ahead of print]
Antiviral options for biodefense.
Byrd CM, Grosenbach DW, Hruby DE.
SourceSIGA Technologies, Inc., 4575 SW Research Way, Corvallis, OR 97333, USA.
A key to biodefense strategies is an assessment of current therapies available as well as the expedited development of new antiviral therapeutic options. Viruses make up the majority of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Category A Priority Pathogens, agents that are considered to pose the greatest risk to public health and national security, and yet there are currently no approved treatments for most of these viral biodefense threats. A review of the Category A viral biothreat agents and strategies for the development of new therapeutics are presented here.