Doctors say Vietnam has replacement in case of Tamiflu resistant flu

Dr. Kinh says it's normal as Tamiflu and other such medicines have a certain percentage of resistance

Following suspicions that two A/H1N1 flu patients have resistance to the antiviral drug Tamilflu, Dr. Ly Ngoc Kinh, head of the Ministry of Health’s Treatment Management Department, said this was normal, as Tamiflu and other such medicines have a certain percentage of resistance.

Until recently, Vietnam had not recorded any Tamiflu resistance.

Vietnam has stored Relenza, a medicine analogous to Tamiflu, in case of resistance.

In related news, the Ministry of Health on July 9 reported three more swine flu cases, all in the South.

This takes the number of people catching the A/H1N1 flu virus in Vietnam to 262. As yet, no related deaths have been reported.

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By K. Nguyen - Translated by Ngoc Anh

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