ScienceDaily (2010-06-04) -- An experimental study has revealed that lovastatin, a drug prescribed for the treatment of hypercholesterolemia, protects animals against the deadly effects of plague. This infectious disease is on the upsurge in parts of the world. These results obtained by scientists at the Unité de Recherche sur les Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales Emergentes (CNRS/Université Aix-Marseille 2) have been published in the journal PLoS ONE.
Ayyadurai et al. Lovastatin Protects against Experimental Plague in Mice. PLoS ONE, 2010; 5 (6): e10928 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0010928