Thursday, January 31, 2008

U.N. Virus Released in West

Or is the vaccine just a piece of shit?

"Mutant Flu Virus Is Found That Resists Popular Drug" by LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN

A small but significant percentage of the main influenza virus causing illness this winter in Europe, Canada and the United States has a mutation that makes it resistant to the anti-influenza drug Tamiflu, the World Health Organization said Wednesday....

Officials from the W.H.O., a United Nations agency in Geneva, said they were troubled by the discovery.

“Clearly, this is of global concern, but it is not a global problem now,” Dr. Frederick G. Hayden, an influenza expert at the organization, said in a telephone interview.

The standard influenza vaccine still protects against the mutant virus, said Dr. Hayden and Dr. Alicia Fry, an influenza epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta....

The W.H.O. conducted a teleconference lasting two hours on Tuesday to collect information from experts in a number of countries. The participants agreed that continued close monitoring was needed to collect information on a larger number of patients to determine the frequency, transmission and distribution of the mutant strain as well as its virulence, Dr. Hayden said.

Scientists also want to learn how the resistance developed. It is unlikely to have been from use of Tamiflu, Dr. Hayden said, in part because no cases have been detected in Japan, where the drug is often used in treatment."

So who released the bug, readers?

Is this the