Three With Tamiflu-Resistant Swine Flu In North Carolina Have Died

Health officials say four people in North Carolina have tested positive for a type of swine flu that's resistant to the drug Tamiflu.

It's the first cluster of that many cases seen in the U.S. A state epidemiologist says three of the four patients have died.

Health officials said Friday the four cases were reported at Duke University Medical Center in Durham over the past six weeks.

Duke physicians discovered the resistant strain after some of the patients continued to test positive for flu despite antiviral treatment.

Tamiflu is one of two medicines that help against swine flu. Health officials have been closely watching for signs that the virus is mutating, making the drugs ineffective.

About 52 resistant cases have been reported in the world since April, including 15 in the U.S. so far. Officials with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say almost all the U.S. cases have been isolated.

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  • by Anonymous on Nov 21, 2009 at 11:16 PM
    Vaccines can kill too. A percentage of people have a bad reaction to them. Yes, it can be fatal. It's more often that this does not happen, but don't be blindly confident that it will never happen. It does.
  • by ????? Location: Wherever on Nov 21, 2009 at 04:00 PM
    The way I see it H1N1 can kill you the vaccine will not.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Nov 21, 2009 at 01:07 PM
    Mira, I hear ya. Revelation: I hear you also. Unless you have worked in health care, and been trained in Biohazardous Waste/handwashing/sanitizing protocals, you may not understand the full extent of disease prevention and control. If you have had Biohazardous Waste/ handwashing & sanitizing protocals/Disease Prevention training, then you do. Every doorknob, shopping buggy handle, items in the stores, books, things you lay on the conveyer belts, are loaded with germs. In addition, I do not frequent the store buffets where olives/salad items, etc...are presented for public comsumption. You just don't realize how much 'stuff' floats around in the air. Think about eye lashes, hair, sneezes, people wiping at their faces and touching the spoons/ladles...Ooohh!
  • by hello Location: goldsboro,nc on Nov 21, 2009 at 11:51 AM
    Not enough research for me.
  • by revelation Location: washington,n.c.27889 on Nov 21, 2009 at 09:35 AM
    your answer to these diseases have already been told ,that there would come diseases,as well as other things are going on.if you want to know what is coming up next in this world,just read revelation.Jesus has given us time to fulfill his fathers command.all i can say is we better be ready.i pray for myself/everybody to please start reading your Bible,lastchapt.Revelation.thank you for Gods GRACE,cause without it some of us won't make it.susie
  • by H1N1 Vaccinated on Nov 21, 2009 at 09:14 AM
    I just got vaccinated with the mist 2 days ago. I really hope that helps being that I'm a healthcare provider.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 21, 2009 at 09:08 AM
    Health officials are keeping a close eye on drug-resistant strains that spread from person to person because they could be signs H1N1 is mutating. The Duke cases involve four very ill patients who caught the virus on a cancer unit, and three have died, officials said. Read more:
  • by Anonymous on Nov 21, 2009 at 09:06 AM
    Mira... maybe you should go back to school for a brush-up. Swine flu is a virus, not bacteria. And who is this "they" you refer to that thinks "other bacteria cannot become resistant"? Everyone knows that all viruses and bacteria DO mutate and become resistant to various drugs - primarily when stupid people don't finish their course of treatment as prescribed. MRSA is also not "immune", it is *resistant* - it CAN lie dormant but that does not mean for everyone it is a permanent condition. It CAN come back, particularly for those weakened by things like the flu. Don't over dramatize it, please. For those that have recurrant episodes, it's terrible but that is not everyone who ever contracts such a staph bacteria. Update your research. Incidentally, sanitizing wipes are partly to blame as they don't kill it and spread it all over the place whever the wipe moves to next.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Nov 21, 2009 at 05:17 AM
    I have two rules I try to follow when I visit the comments area: 1) I try to make an intelligent comment based on facts, 2) I try not to criticize other people's comments in reference to grammer, or if I disagree with them. That's the reason I like to come here, to see other's points of view. The comment section is more intriguing than the stories at times. Have a great day!
  • by mira Location: newport on Nov 21, 2009 at 04:27 AM
    15 years ago in nursing school, i read an article talking about MRSA, an infection that used to be aquired in a health care setting(ie hospital, nursing home) this article said in 10 years we could see it in private homes, i did a report on it and i instructor cited that this was a make believe report because it is only acquired in a health care fast forward 10 years is breaking out in schools buses gyms why dont they think other bacteria can not become resistive to drugs....this is from the abuse and overuse of drugs when they are not really necessary...(MRSA is a sometimes deadly infection cause by STAPH A bacteria that is resistive to antibiotics leaving it almost impossible to treat, once you have stuff like MRSA it never goes away, it lies dormant in your body and can become active anytime)
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