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August 15, 2005

Alternative drug should be set for bird flu -expertsKeralaNext:

WASHINGTON, A second influenza drug, GlaxoSmithKline''s Relenza, should be stockpiled in readiness for a feared global pandemic of avian flu, researchers said on Thursday. The drug, known generically as zanamivir, is inhaled and some doctors have worried that patients may not be able to use it correctly, but the team of Asian doctors said it will be important to have as many antivirals on hand as possible. The H5N1 bird flu virus has killed 62 people since late 2003 and is affecting flocks from Vietnam to Kazakhstan. Although it is not yet easily transmitted from birds to people or from person to person, experts fear it will acquire this ability and cause a worldwide disaster. So health officials are scrambling to come up with a plan for dealing with it.

Posted by dymaxion at August 15, 2005 08:37 PM

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