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Sunday, May 23, 2010

India : 1 yr after, H1NI virus still under surveillance

Via Indian Express :

" Even a year after the H1N1 virus struck the city, claiming around 236 lives, the National Institute of Virology (NIV) continues to receive a large number of samples, around 30-40 every day, for testing the virus from Maharashtra. However, officials of the NIV say that there is no significant mutation of the virus. “We are on constant alert and surveillance of the virus is underway,” said Dr M S Chadda, Deputy Director of NIV.

Indiscriminate use of anti-virals oseltamivir and zanamivir, however, can lead to drug resistance, Chadda and other researchers have pointed out in their study that has been published in PLoS ONE -a peer reviewed journal- in March this year. The study has revealed the diversification of the H1N1 virus."

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