HELSINKI: A mutation of the A/H1N1 flu virus reported in Norway was also discovered in Finland in July, Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health said in a statement on Tuesday.
According to the statement, this is a normal mutation in influenza viruses. Those mutated viruses found in Norway or elsewhere do not affect the common properties of the virus nor the means to combat it. The anti-viral drugs and vaccinations are still effective against the virus.
Last week, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health informed the World Health Organization of a mutation of the H1N1 flu virus detected in two patients who died and one with severe illness.
Even the Finnish scientists are trying to downplay the resistance to Tamiflu...
However the CDC has made the following comments just recently...
The mutations that were described recently are interesting, they suggest that the virus could mutate to potential changes that could lead to more virulence. The mutations though have been seen in mild cases as well as severe cases in Norway and Ukraine and so the jury is not out yet on whether that mutation is going to be common to spread to a lot of people and lead to differences in the severity of disease. So it’s an important result but doesn’t yet have public health implications.
What does the jury say about the H1N1 mutation in the Ukraine?
British scientists are examining the strain of swine flu behind a deadly Ukrainian outbreak to see if the virus has mutated.
A total of 189 people have died and more than one million have been infected in the country.
Some doctors have likened the symptoms to those seen in many of the victims of the Spanish flu which caused millions of deaths world-wide after the World War One.
Meanwhile the WHO states:
GENEVA — The World Health Organization says tests on swine flu samples from Ukraine show no significant mutation of the virus.
WHO had sent an expert team to Ukraine last week after reports of an unusual flu outbreak.
This is the same organization that stated there was no mutating virus when there was as was stated by the Finnish scientists in July as well as Japanese scientists and Brazilian scientists.