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09 July 2010

Early Tamiflu Might Benefit Transplant Patients With H1N1 Flu

Preventive measures could cut serious illness, death rates in organ recipients, research shows

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The study included 237 transplant recipients (154 adults, 83 children) in Canada, Europe and the United States who were infected with the pandemic H1N1 influenza strain A between April and December 2009. The patients had received their transplants a median of 3.6 years before being infected with H1N1 swine flu.

 

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Dr Heidi van Deventer completed her MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 2004 at the University of Stellenbosch.
She has additional training in ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and PALS (Paediatric Advanced Life Support) as well as biostatistics and epidemiology.

Dr Van Deventer is currently working as a researcher at the Desmond Tutu Tuberculosis Centre at the University of Stellenbosch.

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