Saturday, February 2, 2008

Resistant Superbug: H1N1 Flu

This winter’s most common influenza stain, H1N1, is showing resistance to oseltamivir (aka Tamiflu) in Europe and North America. Of the virus samples taken in Western Europe, 10% were resistant to Tamiflu; 10% of samples resistant in Canada; and 7% of samples resistant in the United States. Of the 16 samples taken of the flu virus in Norway, 75% were found to be drug-resistant.

The World Health Organization says that people should not be worried because, “Influenza Type A has been circulating for many years. It’s not likely to cause a pandemic.”

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