Monday, March 18, 2013

New Research: Swine Flu Becoming Resistant to Tamiflu

Posted By on Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Tamiflu is one of the few treatments that can treat swine flu, but researchers are warning that strains of swine flu that are resistant to Tamiflu are becoming more common.

Dr. Aeron Hurt, an Australian researcher from the World Health Organization, found that approximately 2 percent of swine flu cases are resistant to Tamiflu. The resistance was detected in people who haven't even been treated with the drug, suggesting that the mutant, drug-resistant germs are spreading.

“That appears to be a larger risk now than it did at the start of the pandemic,” Hurt told Bloomberg News.

Swine flu is no longer considered a pandemic by health officials. The BBC reports that it once crowded out other influenza viruses, but that is no longer the case as other countries are reporting a mix of different strains of the flu virus.

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