For those in the Northern Hemisphere, the flu season has just started. For those down under they are just wrapping it up as the sun begins to shine. However flu experts are now warning of a new strain of H1N1 (Swine Flu) that is resistant to the drug Tamiflu.
The H1N1 (Swine Flu) virus emerged in April in Mexico and spread swiftly around the globe and killing more than 18,000 people, according to the WHO (World Health Organization).
According to a report being published in today’s edition of the New England Journal of Medicine a new strain of Tamiflu-resistant H1N1 virus spreading more easily.
Public health officials in the Australian city of Newcastle took virus samples from 182 patients treated in doctors’ offices and hospitals between May and August. They found that 29 of those samples — or 16 percent — turned out to be resistant to Tamiflu.
Flu experts in the Northern Hemisphere have warned for health organisations to be on the lookout for this flu strain — or any other strain that is resistant to Tamiflu.