posted on Dec, 22 2005 @ 06:56 AM
Serious questions are raised today about the ability to combat an anticipated bird flu pandemic following the deaths of two people who were being
treated with the drug the world is stockpiling as a safeguard against the virus.
To the dismay of medical experts and concern among those responsible for the worldwide efforts to fight a pandemic, the H5N1 bird flu virus in the
bloodstream of the two patients in Vietnam rapidly developed resistance to the drug, Tamiflu. One, a 13 year-old girl, appeared to be stable at first
and then rapidly worsened as the virus mutated, became more aggressive, and eventually killed her.
The deaths are reported today in the respected New England Journal of Medicine by doctors funded by the British Wellcome Trust working in Vietnam.
They urge changes to the global plans for fighting a flu pandemic. Other antiviral drugs are needed alongside Tamiflu, they say.
This has been speculated, but its really happening.