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17 July 2013

H7N9 bird flu virus resistant to drugs

Some strains of the H7N9 bird flu virus that appeared in China this year are resistant to antiviral drugs, a new study finds.

Some strains of the new H7N9 bird flu virus that appeared in China this year are resistant to antiviral drugs, and tests can fail to identify that resistance, which could help accelerate their spread, a new study finds.

However, lab testing of the viruses failed to detect the strains that were resistant, so using lab tests to monitor the development of resistance in H7N9 would be useless, according to the authors of the study, published July 16 in the online journal mBio.

 

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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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