Monday, July 06, 2009

Tamiflu-resistant strain of swine flu found in Hong Kong

From CBC News:
Health officials in Hong Kong reported Friday a single instance in which a strain of the swine flu was found to be resistant to Tamiflu, the main antiviral drug used to treat the virus.

The case involved a 16-year-old girl who came from the United States in mid-June, had mild symptoms, and was eventually discharged.

The current strain of H1N1 influenza A virus has been circulating in several countries since it first appeared in Mexico in April.

The Tamiflu-resistant strain in Hong Kong was found during routine sensitivity testing of the swine flu virus to both oseltamivir and zanamivir, the Hong Kong Department of Health said in a statement on its website.

Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza) are the two antiviral drugs that appear to be effective in treating the H1N1 virus, Health Canada says. ...more

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