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Tamiflu-resistant flu case reported

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TORONTO -- Canada has recorded a case of Tamiflu-resistant swine flu virus, in a Quebec man who had been given the drug to prevent infection.

The case is the fourth reported globally since the new H1N1 virus was discovered in April.

The man, 60, was given the flu antiviral after his son fell ill with the pandemic virus. It's believed the resistance arose in the man and there is no evidence he transmitted resistant virus to anyone else.

"It appears to be an isolated case," said Jirina Vlk, spokesperson for the Public Health Agency of Canada.

"Although the strain does not appear to have spread beyond the reported individual case we continue to be vigilant on this front."

 

-- The Canadian Press

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 22, 2009 A8

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