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Fatal H1N1 Tamiflu Resistance in Canada


New Brunswick public health officials are reporting the province's first death related to a drug-resistant H1N1 strain.

A 27-year-old Quispamsis man died in hospital on Monday after nearly a month in intensive care, public health officials said.

The man was the eighth person in New Brunswick to die with the H1N1 virus.

According to Dr. Paul Van Buynder, the province's deputy chief medical health officer, the H1N1 strain the man contracted was resistant to drugs such as Tamiflu that are used to fight the virus.

Most flu cases usually appear in the winter, when the virus is stable and host resistance is compromised by cold weather and other respiratory diseases. Thus, it is likely that an influenza virus will emerge, but seasonal flu is virtually absent throughout the northern hemisphere.

Although swine H1N1 in Canada, U.S. and across the northern hemisphere is declining, there are still high levels of pandemic H1N1 in circulation. In the U.S. the week 50 levels of swine H1N1 were still three fold higher than seasonal flu last year, and 100 fold higher than seasonal flu this year. In Ukraine, deaths have spiked higher raising concerns of multiple pockets of pandemic H1N1 that can fill the seasonal flu void in the upcoming months.


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December 30, 2009
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