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It’s official: High dose vitamin C stops Zika in its tracks within hours

According to the case study, a 54-year-old woman who had suffered several recent mosquito bites presented at the Berdiel Clinic in Ponce, Puerto Rico with oral blisters, fever, a rash, a headache and reddened eyes – all classic Zika symptoms. When she tested positive for the virus, doctors from University of Puerto Rico administered escalating doses of vitamin C for three days, moving from 25 to 50 to 75 grams.

Within 24 hours, the patient’s symptoms had improved dramatically, and were resolved completely by the third day. Noting that it ordinarily takes two weeks to recover from Zika, the team hailed vitamin C as “an efficient antioxidant” with “anti-viral activity,” and called for further study on vitamin C as a treatment for acute viral infections.

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