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Friday, February 18, 2011

Hong Kong : Another case of Tamiflu-resistant human swine influenza detected

From the Centre for Health Protection, more cases of Tamiflu resistant H1n1 cases being detected, excerpt :

" The Department of Health's Public Health Laboratory Services Branch (PHLSB) today (February 17) detected another case of resistance to oseltamivir (Tamiflu) in a strain of human swine influenza (HSI) virus.

A department spokesman said the virus was identified during PHLSB's routine sensitivity tests of the HSI virus to oseltamivir and zanamivir.

"This is the 11th case of Tamiflu resistance to HSI virus detected in Hong Kong.

"Tests showed that this strain is sensitive to zanamivir (Relenza)," he said.

The virus was isolated from the specimen taken from a 4-year-old girl who enjoyed good past health. She presented with fever and cough since February 4. She sought medical attention in the out-patient department of Canossa Hospital on February 7 and was prescribed with Tamiflu. No hospitalisation was required and the girl is now in stable condition."

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