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December 21, 2005

Avian Flu Deaths Linked to Tamiflu Resistance

Topics: Medicine

national_0206_006.jpgAs we previously reported on Dec 3, the H5n1 has demonstrated resistance to Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) in the past, and genetic sequencing of influenza A (H5N1) virus samples from human cases in Vietnam and Thailand have shown resistance to the antiviral medications amantadine and rimantadine, 2 of the other medications commonly used for treatment of influenza. This would leave 1 remaining antiviral medication (zanamavir) that may still be effective against currently circulating strains of H5N1. This fact has not been sufficiently covered by cable and print media.

Today there is a article on researchers having reported that the H5N1 avian influenza that killed two patients earlier this year was resistant to Tamiflu (oseltamivir). One authority calls this frightening.

Posted by Richard at December 21, 2005 6:40 PM

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