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The influenza virus circulating throughout the US this year has mutated, and as a result, the currently-available vaccine is less effective in combating the illness, the CDC said in an advisory to doctors issued on Wednesday.
Tamiflu is widely used to help patients relieve symptoms of influenza. While the drug – generically known as oseltamivir – can shorten symptoms by about half a day, there is no good evidence to support claims that it reduces admissions to the ER or complications of influenza.
Study reveals that the drug-resistant strain retains its ability to replicate and cause severe illness. New York, NY (PRWEB) December 10, 2013 Researchers
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have shown for the first time how influenza A viruses snip through a protective mucus net to both infect respiratory cells and later cut their way out to infect other cells.
As parts of Southeast Asia continue to struggle with H7N9 and H5N1, one particular bird flu strain that has never been associated with humans has now made the jump, after a new report has confirmed that a 20-year-old Taiwanese woman tested positive for the disease earlier this year.
Some strains of the avian H7N9 influenza that emerged in China this year have developed resistance to the only antiviral drugs available to treat the infection, but testing for antiviral resistance can give misleading results, helping hasten the spread of resistant strains.
A newly released paper is suggesting that an antiviral drug used to treat bird flu patients may not be as effective as health officials had hoped, leaving the door open for further illness and possible death.
The FDA is now targeting producers of dietary supplements and medicines claiming to be generic versions of flu drugs that have been approved by regulators.