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This season 4.6% of flu's drug resistant

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posted on Jun, 16 2009 @ 12:38 AM

If you had two viruses in the same cell, they could recombine and generate a new virus. The fact that we're seeing resistance to first-line medications is worrisome, said Steven Wolinsky, chief of infectious diseases at Northwestern University.

Not sure how likely the above is but the fact 'they' find it worrisome is surely cause for concern.

They also advise using combination of drugs to fight the flu. Another reason to have a 2 or 3 injections or NOT?

posted on Jun, 16 2009 @ 06:04 AM
if you had to viruses in the same cell?? hahah, give me a break...if this is so worrisome, why isnt AIDS airborne yet? or Ebola?...hmm and as for antibiotic resistant strains, STOP USING THE DRUGS, your body is capable of killing off the virus on its own, just may take some more time that with the help but if we stop using the drugs or use them sparingly then resistance cannot occur!

posted on Jun, 16 2009 @ 09:43 AM
Yup- pretty scary when an A strain H1N1 mixes with an anti-viral resistant B-strain H1N1 in the general population.

Just wait- resistance will go up exponentially, as docs are telling poeple NOT to go in to be seen or swabbed, and are writing Tamiflu scripts like we did for ear infections, which became resistant to all beta-lactams and macrolide antibiotics.

I guess people forget that anti-viral resistance is possible, as well.

Should be an interesting autumn.....

posted on Jun, 17 2009 @ 12:06 AM
There is a roughly 15-18% resistance to Tamiflu found within Influenza strains around the world. This is attributed to the fact that this chemical compound has been in widespread use. Over 50million people have taken it, most in Japan.

However, Relenza is not taken anywhere near as often and there are no known Influenza strains which have a resistance to this antiviral. Yet. This is attributed to the fact that it is only used in 1% of treatments.

Relenza is being stored as a backup for Tamiflu in case the virus becomes resistant to Tamiflu.

For resources and much more detailed information on Antiviral medications, please read my thread (shameless bump) called "WARNING Antivirals may Kill You"

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