|GenoMed's First Horse Recovers Quickly from Presumed West Nile Virus Encephalitis|
ST. LOUIS, July 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- GenoMed (OTC: GMED), a Next Generation Disease Management company that uses genomics to solve diseases in as many species as possible, today announced that the first horse in its expanded trial for West Nile virus encephalitis recovered completely within 24 hours after starting GenoMed's treatment.
Four days ago, a horse owner in Idaho contacted GenoMed to say that her horse had begun moving much more slowly, and that the veterinarian was treating it for West Nile virus encephalitis. Only two days before, another of her horses had to be put down for presumed West Nile virus encephalitis because it could no longer lift its head and eat.
Within 24 hours of starting GenoMed's treatment, the horse was 'quick on its feet' and appeared fully recovered. The horse's prompt recovery from West Nile virus encephalitis was like that GenoMed has observed since 2003 in people, and since 2004 in birds.
GenoMed's protocol uses a class of already existing blood pressure pills to block the brain inflammation caused by West Nile virus. This disease mechanism appears to be shared by all vertebrates infected with most viruses, leading GenoMed to believe it may have found a safe, general viral antidote. For this reason, GenoMed's approach was included in the language of the Project BioShield II Act of 2005, introduced by Senators Lieberman, Hatch, and Brownback. This bill has not yet been debated in the US Senate.
GenoMed's treatment success rate for WNV encephalitis in people is currently 86% (19 of 22 patients improved rapidly). A small case series involving the company's first 8 patients was published in a peer-reviewed medical journal in 2004.
Said Dr. Moskowitz, GenoMed's CEO and Chief Medical Officer, 'We're delighted that our anti-viral approach appears to work in yet another species. The veterinary community already treats West Nile virus encephalitis as an excessive inflammation of the brain, and is embracing our approach far more readily than the public health community. As a result, I'm afraid that we may save more horses than people this year.'