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January 25, 2005

Avian flu fighters eye drug stockpile

Topics: Health Issues

Yes, this is another article on avian influenza, this time in tomorow's Jan 26 article appearing in:

- The Australian
AUSTRALIA might have to consider diverting some of its stockpile of antiviral drugs to Asian countries in a bid to stop a feared worldwide epidemic of bird flu.

Experts have suggested the move to halt the progress of avian influenza, which was this week credited in a leading medical journal with its first case of human-to-human transmission.

An editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine warned that the H5N1 virus that causes avian flu - which killed 32 people in eight Asian countries in an outbreak in 2004 - had become more dangerous, and had increased the number of animals besides birds it could infect. Read more...

1. It isn't the first human to human transmission!  and.....
2. The H5N1 now has an Amantidine-resistant (one of the very few drugs to use against it) strain
    (J Gen Virol. 2005 Feb;86 (Pt 2): 423-433) !

For more on avian influenza refer to most recent previous post.

Posted by Hyscience at January 25, 2005 10:09 PM

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