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Thursday, June 24, 2010

India : After lungs, H1N1 now affects brain

Via DNA India :

" Mumbai: Moving ahead from its propensity to cause pneumonia or severe respiratory problems, the H1N1 virus has now started affecting the brain and body parts beyond the lungs. Experts, however, have not noticed any significant mutation in the virus suggesting that the current set of medicines are apt to tackle it.

“The virus has mutated, but there have been no changes in the antigenicity of the virus. Thus, Tamiflu and the available vaccines are sufficient to tackle it,” said Dr Sanjay Oak, dean, KEM Hospital. “We have observed that fever is not a symptom in all H1N1 cases now.

The virus now has neurological manifestations and we are studying these changes.”

The findings were discussed on Wednesday in a technical committee meeting which was attended by Dr DS Dakhure, state director, directorate of health services (DHS); Dr Pravin Shingare, joint director, directorate of medical education and research (DMER); Dr AC Mishra, director, national institute of virology (NIV); Dr D Kadam from Sassoon Hospital, Pune; and Dr Oak."

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