Thursday, July 09, 2009

Swine flu resistance testing to grow after US case

A co-worker yesterday, rushed home because her daughter's temperature hit 103.

This tells me the flu strain is getting stronger and it is only summer.

The CDC is acting irresponsible with its claims on the strain not mutating when there is evidence that it has. The WHO and the CDC are irresponsible when discounting the virus is becoming resistant to Tamiflu by saying the occurrences are isolated.

The occurrences are not isolated because the CDC and WHO have not isolated the mutating virus.

U.S. health officials are stepping up testing of swine flu cases for Tamiflu resistance, now that an American has come down with a resistant strain.

A California teenager was diagnosed with swine flu last month after arriving in Hong Kong on June 11, and has since recovered. The 16-year-old is a San Francisco resident and likely was infected in the United States, health officials said Tuesday.

The CDC has been a day late and millions of dollars short on the H1N1 outbreak...

Health officials say they are not alarmed, and have been expecting to see some swine flu cases shrug off Tamiflu treatment. Such resistance has been seen in other types of flu. Late last year, CDC officials reported that the most common flu bug circulating at the time was overwhelmingly resistant to the drug.

If that is the case, why have Tamiflu?

They also believe resistance is not a widespread problem. No resistance was seen in the CDC’s analysis of about 200 U.S. swine flu samples. California officials say they have found no resistance in their tests of about 30 other samples in that state.

Spread of a Tamiflu-resistant strain may not be ongoing, said Uyeki, a CDC flu expert. “These are likely to be sporadic cases, but it’s very important to monitor” for them, he said.

Health officials acknowledge they don’t have a complete understanding of what’s going on. The samples tested for resistance represent just a tiny fraction of the more than 1 million swine flu cases estimated to have occurred in the United States since the virus was first detected in April.

See what I mean?

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