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Author:  Siam [ Fri Nov 20, 2009 5:29 pm ]
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Officials probe link between Welsh patients with drug-resistant swine flu

Nov 20 2009 Madeleine Brindley, WalesOnline ... -25216487/

AN INVESTIGATION has been launched to discover whether a drug-resistant strain of swine flu has spread between patients at a Welsh hospital.

If the link is confirmed these would be the first cases of person-to-person transmission of Tamiflu-resistant swine flu in Europe. It is understood that a group of patients being treated at the University Hospital of Wales, in Cardiff, have this strain of swine flu.

Officials from the National Public Health Service for Wales are now examining whether the resistant strain of the virus has spread from one patient to another.

The patients are being treated with another antiviral drug, Relenza, which is effective against this strain of the H1N1 virus.

The emergence of Tamiflu-resistant swine flu is not unheard of – there have been about 60 cases worldwide.

The Welsh Assembly Government yesterday announced that there have been two cases in Wales last week.

The two patients, who are not linked, also received alternative treatment. One has recovered and the other is being monitored.

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