What Does This News Tell Us?
| Drug-resistant H1N1 reported at Duke hospital
DURHAM, N.C. — North Carolina public health officials said Friday that three of four patients at Duke University Hospital with a drug-resistant form of the H1N1 flu virus have died.
The adult patients, treated in an isolated unit of the hospital over the last six weeks, tested positive for a mutation of the virus that was resistant to the drug Tamiflu, one of two medicines that help against H1N1.
In summary: We learn that nothing new from this story. We already know that those afflicted with influenza are the young, old, and immune compromised individuals.
The news article continues to stand by their line that Tamiflu and Vaccination are the best and most effective treatments for this disease.
I think all agencies are concerned that the quick mutating viruses may take a turn and then the developed treatments will become ineffective as they are created to target specific viruses. An investigation is underway, but they do not elaborate on exactly what they are investigating. The quote in the news article states that the vaccine will still be effective "against this form of H1N1" even if the virus mutates [Dr Cameron Wolfe]
So far, "approximately" 52 resistant cases have been reported, but we do not know how many have not been reported, or included in their statistical data.
| Drug resistant H1N1 found in U.S. and U.K. This article also states official agencies are investigating the "spread" of drug-resistant tamiflu at Duke Hospital in NC and five hospital in Wales. It appears the spread of the mutant virus is confined to the hospitals. Another good reason to "JUST STAY HOME" and not to go to the hospital. Like every other bacteria and virus, they are often found and spread in the hospital environments. This has been true or MRSA, as well.
At least this article is more specific about the investigation and they explain that they are checking to see if the viruses in those that were effected are the same. This could give clues, I imagine, to whether their are spin-off viruses of one or many types. Which situation would be more severe, I don't know?
They are now treating one person with Relenza, the other anti-viral drug option and everyone will be watching to see if s/he recovers.
THE TROUBLE WITH TAMIFLU Warning of psychiatric problems with Tamiflu
A new warning label has been added to the influenza drug Tamiflu following reports of delirium and hallucinations among people - mostly children - taking the medication.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updated the label on Monday after reports of more than 100 people, mostly in Japan, who suffered unusual psychiatric effects, including cases of self-injury and suicide, when taking the drug. On Tuesday, the FDA advised parents to watch out for such reactions in their children when treating them with the antiflu drug.
Nov 25, 2007 ... Tamiflu
Causes Behavior Problems
– According to the FDA, Tamiflu
has been found to cause behavior problems
in children and has been linked ... hitsusa.com/blog/342/tamiflu-causes-behavior-problems/ - Cached -
May 10, 2009 ...
Warning of psychiatric problems with Tamiflu
. Posted by alfied on May 10, 2009. Rumours, spread by the medical community and big pharma, ... inthesenewtimes.com/.../warning-of-psychiatric-problems-with-tamiflu/ -Cached - Similar -
Nov 23, 2007 ...
Federal health regulators are recommending new label warnings about neurological problems
on a pair of children's flu drugs. cbs11tv.com/health/Tamiflu.Relenza.warnings.2.594606.html - Cached - Similar