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Doctors say they cured baby with AIDS virus

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Washington, Mar 4 (EFE).- A U.S. medical team said that it managed to cure a baby born with the virus that causes AIDS, an historic first that could open a new chapter in the treatment of HIV-positive children.

The baby, a girl born in rural Mississippi in late 2010, received aggressive treatment with a cocktail of specially-tailored drugs for about 30 hours after her birth, something that is not normal procedure, The New York Times said in its online edition.

Now 30 months old, the girl has been off medication for the past year and recent tests have not detected any active virus in her system, according to what Dr. Deborah Persaud of Johns Hopkins Children's Center, the main author of the study documenting the case, told the paper.

Although more tests are needed to verify if the same treatment will work for other children, the researchers expect that the study will change the way in which HIV-infected mothers and newborns are treated all over the world.

If the medical community validates the study, the Mississippi girl - who was not identified - would become the world's second well-documented case where HIV was cured.

The first case is known as that of the "Berlin patient," Timothy Brown, who was cured of the normally fatal disease in 2007 after receiving a bone marrow transplant from a donor who was genetically resistant to HIV infection.

Some doctors consulted by The Times expressed doubts that the baby was really infected with HIV, something that Persaud ruled out saying that there were five tests performed on the infant during the month after she was born and they all came back positive for the virus.

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