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WHO Still Studying Swine Flu Mutations

WHO pandemic influenza adviser says the question is whether reported mutations suggest a "fundamental change" in the virus.

The World Health Organization says it is investigating possible mutations in the H1N1 swine flu virus following reports of mutations from at least six countries.

WHO pandemic influenza adviser Keiji Fukuda says the question is whether the reported mutations suggest a "fundamental change" in the virus. He says right now, health officials are not sure.

Fukuda commented Thursday in a briefing from Geneva. He says officials are trying to determine if the mutations are leading to changes in the virus' "clinical picture" -- which could result in more severe or less severe forms of swine flu.

The WHO adviser named Norway, Brazil, China, Japan, Ukraine and the United States as countries that have reported mutations. He also said world health officials are investigating some cases of drug-resistant swine flu.

Last week, WHO said more than 6,700 people have died from swine flu since the virus was first discovered in Mexico earlier this year.

Editor's comments: Almost 2 million people have been infected in the Ukraine in less than a month. The analysis of public sequences indicates that the mutation in the Ukraine is also widespread in Norway. The mutated virus has now been found in four continents while overwhelming many of its victims in less three days. Most autopsies reveal total destruction of both lungs.

The information is quite clear, yet the WHO is still trying to determine if this a more severe form of swine flu, with a fundamental change in the virus??? Perhaps they'll wait until the mutated virus disintegrates its victim before they determine it is severe.

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Reference Source: prnewswire.com
November 27, 2009

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