Researchers at New York University School of Medicine suggest that a drug that is currently used to treat HIV infections can be effective in treating potentially deadly staph infections.
Researchers led by Dr Victor Torres found that maraviroc, which is used in treating people who are infected with AIDS-causing lentivirus, can also be used to treat infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. The infection can cause meningitis, pneumonia, toxic shock syndrome and other life threatening conditions.
Dr Torres said that this was a "a fantastic collaboration that we hope will result in significant clinical benefit."
The study details are published in the journal Nature.