South Korea Reports Death From Tamiflu-Resistant Swine Flu
2009-12-17 06:28:32.171 GMT
By Kyung Bok Cho
Dec. 17 (Bloomberg) -- A South Korean infant died on Dec. 1
from swine flu resistant to Roche Holding AG’s antiviral drug
Tamiflu, the nation’s health ministry said.
The 1-year-old girl, who had brain damage, showed no
response to Tamiflu treatments administered from Nov. 16, even
after the dosage was doubled from Nov. 22, according to an e-
mailed statement today. Tests showed the virus had the H275Y
mutation that makes it resistant to the drug, the ministry said.
It’s the world’s first reported death from a Tamiflu-
resistant strain of swine flu, Yonhap News said.