FAQ
Log In
Friday 9th December 2016
News
 › 
 › 

Deadly 'superflu' hits Britain

2nd January 2009

Experts have said a new type of the H1N1 flu virus - thought to be resistant to medication - is circulating in England.

GreenCell1

The new strain poses three times the risk of causing pneumonia in patients than the standard influenza virus.

It also cannot be treated by the usual flu medication Tamiflu.

A number of people in the country have been diagnosed with the drug-resistant form of the virus, although the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has reported that they had only seen "a small number of cases".

A study carried out by the HPA and a team from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health found that double the number of flu patients with the new strain went on to develop sinus inflammation.

"Resistance in a more virulent influenza virus can have serious public health implications," Siri Hauge, the study's leader stated.

She also said that as a limited number of treatments were available and the virus was stronger, it could result in "more severe illness and death in those who become infected."

Nine out of every ten cases of flu come from the H3 form of the flu virus.

A spokesman for the HPA said: "We are seeing very, very small numbers of cases of this [drug-resistant H1N1] strain of flu."

"We are also monitoring cases and from our surveillance have no evidence at the moment that it is any more virulant than was previously thought."

 

Share this page

Comments

There are no comments for this article, be the first to comment!


Post your comment

Only registered users can comment. Fill in your e-mail address for quick registration.

Your email address:

Your comment will be checked by a Healthcare Today moderator before it is published on the site.

Mayden - Innovative cloud-based applications for healthcare
© Mayden Foundation 2016