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  • Discovered mutation in A/H1N1 cases detected in the Middle East

    Source: http://sdpnoticias.com/sdp/contenido/2009/06/17/423551

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    Discovered mutation in A/H1N1 cases detected in the Middle East
    Today 11:35 --

    Jerusalem, 17 Jun (Notimex) .- Brazilian scientists discovered a mutation in the influenza A/H1N1 virus in human cases detected in several Middle Eastern countries, where the number of infected with the disease has increased in recent days .

    The new variant was discovered called 1454/H1N1, although it has not been identified is that the more aggressive strain A/H1N1, which has affected over 36 thousand people in 76 countries, of which at least 167 have died .

    In an interview with the Arabic channel Al Arabiya in Cairo, the Brazilian scientist Adolfo Lutz explained so far can not determine whether the mutation found in the influenza virus makes it more easily transmitted between humans.

    However, the expert from the Bacteriological Institute of São Paulo found that this variant could facilitate and accelerate the production of a vaccine against the disease, which is now being investigated by several laboratories in the world.


    The Swiss pharmaceutical Novartis forced to work at a pace that the vaccine could be ready in the coming months before the start of the winter season when cases of seasonal influenza are increased significantly by low temperatures.

    However, there are those who doubt that it can be ready in time and prevent a significant increase of cases and extent of evil in the world to more countries, as estimated in recent days the World Health Organization (WHO).

    At the risk of new outbreaks, several countries intensify their sanitary measures, although in some cases are extreme, as in China this Wednesday announced new measures, including the surrounding residential areas from being affected.

    In the Middle East, the country with the most severe measures is Saudi Arabia, where authorities ordered airlines to separate passengers from U.S. or other countries badly affected by the rest of the passengers, in addition to medical check.

    The Saudis are prohibited from visiting countries that have reported more cases, to the degree that discusses the possibility of sentencing to death those who do not comply with the order and endangering the health of society.

    So far Saudi Arabia has confirmed a total of 22 people infected in the country with the A/H1N1 virus, with five other confirmed cases yesterday, although all are foreigners, mainly businessmen who traveled on a newly affected nations.

    Besides Saudi Arabia, the human influenza has also been a significant increase in recent days in Egypt, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, with more than fifty cases.

    Meanwhile, Jordan, Qatar, Oman and Yemen have confirmed the last two days in their first cases of influenza, all travelers arriving from abroad, which brings to 90 the total number of people infected with A/H1N1 in the Middle East.
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