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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...

BUT THERE ARE TWO PROBLEMS WITH THIS NEWS:    
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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