As various health bodies are still struggling to counter the swine flu pandemic, reports of a Tamiflu resistance developing in a few individuals across the world were causing concerns. Now, to add to their worries, UK has reported the first instance of confirmed cases of person-to-person transmission of a Tamiflu-resistant strain in the world.
Some other reports also listed cases of scores individuals developing the drug resistant strain but there were no reports of person-to-person transmission. Authorities reported five patients at a unit treating people with severe underlying health conditions at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff to be the first confirmed cases of this form of infection.
The current case raises alarm as winter is setting in and WHO has already warned about severe outbreak across the world. Among the five British patients two have reportedly recovered and discharged from hospital while one remains in intensive care and the remaining two are on the ward.
The doctors say that they were not unaware of such a complication given the fact that drugs and the medical complications suppress immune system of the patients. They also informed that the current strain is also not much deadlier than the strain circulating since April this year.
UK has already stocked Tamiflu to suffice the needs of at least half of it’s population. This Thursday authorities announced that more than three million healthy children under five across the UK will be offered shots. Current estimates show 53,000 new cases of swine flu in England in the last week, which was down from 64,000 in the prior week. Scotland also reported a drop of 300 patients over the last week period of 21, 500.