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December 3, 2005

H5N1 Human to Human Transmission In Thailand?

Topics: Health Issues

Riehl World view has bad news on the H5N1 front, if confirmed.

Officials in at least two nations now suspect the avian flu bug has mutated into a virus that is being transmitted from human to human - a development world health authorities have estimated could result in the deaths of tens of millions.

Thai health officials have expressed concern that the country's two latest confirmed victims may be the beginning of the much feared human-to-human transmission.

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[Warning - the following links may temporarily require long retrieval times] Indonesia was in the news in November as a result of its decision to begin manufacturing (pirating) the anti-flu drug Tamiflu (oseltamavir), but they are likely to be disappointed in the results, should they elect to depend upon it for protection against the H5N1 virus (it's already showing resistance to tamiflu). Previously, genetic sequencing of influenza A (H5N1) virus samples from human cases in Vietnam and Thailand showed 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.

Other coverage: T. Longren

Posted by Richard at December 3, 2005 6:12 PM

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