Thursday, December 3, 2009

Tamiflu-resistant flu not spreading more widely: WHO 12/03/09 8:10am

Tamiflu-resistant flu not spreading more widely: WHO

They don't mention Norway or China in this article, but this is excellent news if they are being truthful! That means whatever mutation is not spreading!


GENEVA (Reuters) - Tamiflu-resistant H1N1 viruses have not spread to hospital staff or beyond despite spreading among two clusters of patients in Britain and the United States the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

Investigations to date showed that the resistant-form of swine flu was not transmitted outside of two hospital wards in Wales and North Carolina where they emerged in October and November, the WHO said in statement issued overnight.

A total of a dozen patients, all with severely suppressed immune systems due to underlying medical conditions, were infected with H1N1 viruses resistant to oseltamivir, the generic name for Roche's Tamiflu.

"Transmission of resistant virus from one patient to another is suspected in both outbreaks," the WHO said.

"No illness in staff caring for these patients has been detected, suggesting that the resistant virus does not spread easily to otherwise healthy people, especially when good measures for infection control are in place."

All 8 patients in Wales were hospitalized because of severe blood disorders, which severely weakened their immune systems, according to the United Nations agency. All are alive, including one being treated in intensive care.

In the United States three of the four patients died "but the role of H1N1 infection in contributing to these deaths is uncertain," it said.

Patients with severely compromised immune systems are especially vulnerable to the H1N1 virus, according to the WHO.

"These patients are highly susceptible to infection, particularly difficult to treat and especially likely to develop resistance," it said.

Standard Tamiflu doses and length of treatment are "unlikely to be sufficient" for these patients, according to the agency.

"Zanamivir should be considered as the treatment of choice for patients who develop prolonged influenza illness despite treatment with oseltamivir," it said.

GlaxoSmithKline and Biota make zanamivir under the brand name of Relenza, a flu drug that must be inhaled.

"Once oseltamivir resistant virus has been detected in a ward treating severely immuno-compromized patients, doctors should consider switching to zanamivir as the antiviral drug of first choice for treatment," the WHO said.

Zanamivir should also be considered for preventive treatment of other patients on the ward who have been exposed, it added.


  1. It's the WHO, Sherrie...I take it with a grain of salt. They don't seem to do anything these days without an underlying motive.

    *sigh* I don't trust them any further than I could throw them. The marvelous anti-viral drugs they are touting are expensive. More money for BigPharm.

  2. You have brought up so much serious info are you worried? What was the Carbon monixide poisoning about? Do you have security in place?

  3. Actually, not sure if it was Carbon Monoxide poisoning, I had.

  4. OH my gosh!..I am so concerned for your safety. If this is the beginning of Bacterial Warfare of any type, you alone have uncovered it. I NEVER post. I am a blog “voyeur”. But I am concerned for you and others due to this info not being accessible. I’m surprised your blogs still up. Please protect yourself and your family. My uncle was much like you, a true visionary. He was killed in a very strange one car accident. Be careful. Do not meet with anyone. Cover your personal info.

  5. Thank you, but No - I alone did not uncover it - others are also working on this and exposing the truth! Others have found information also.

    We are nothing - But if this information got out MORE to the general populace and they become More aware of what is going on - then the PTB would be intent to stop it.