Deadly outbreak of New Swine Flu in Southwest U.S. and Mexico

April 24, 2009

(ChattahBox) — The World Health Organisation (WHO) bas confirmed an outbreak of swine flu in the United States and hundreds of human “influenza-like” cases in Mexico, including about 60 deaths.

It is still unclear if the Mexican flu virus was the same one implicated in the confirmed swine flu outbreaks in the southwestern United States.

Swine influenza rarely infect humans. There have been about a dozen cases since 2005, but almost all were in farm workers or others in contact with pigs.

World health authorities said on Friday that seven people had been diagnosed with a new kind of swine flu in California and Texas, while Mexican authorities were due to announce test results later today, WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said in Geneva.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the virus ‘A (H1N1) flu strain’ was a never-before-seen mixture of viruses typical among pigs, birds and humans. All 7 American patients had recovered.

None had any contact with pigs, and in two sets of cases, involving a father and daughter and two 16-year-old schoolmates, those infected had contact with each other. That convinced the authorities that the virus was being transmitted from person to person.

Like some human strains, it is resistant to two older flu drugs, amantadine and rimantadine. It is not resistant to Tamiflu or Relenza. However, Tamiflu resistance is common in the H1N1 human flu strain circulating this year, so the swine strain could become resistant to Tamiflu if the viruses mixed in humans or, possibly, in pigs.


4 Responses to “Deadly outbreak of New Swine Flu in Southwest U.S. and Mexico”

  1. Deadly outbreak of New Swine Flu in Southwest U.S. and Mexico on April 24th, 2009 10:13 am

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  2. PORKY on April 24th, 2009 2:00 pm

    Pigs,birds,human virus…hmmmm.
    It looks to me like some scientist just got a big promotion.
    Sceptical?Why and how can they already claim to have a vaccine for it?

  3. WHO director says swine flu in southwest has pandemic potential | ChattahBox News Blog on April 25th, 2009 1:31 pm

    […] we reported yesterday, while at least eight cases have been found in California and Texas near the border, more […]

  4. Skeptic on April 30th, 2009 6:27 pm

    Exactly Porky – scare the public into getting vaccinations and making the wallets of the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical companies even fatter!

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