Swine Flu Comeback? H1N1pdm09 is Tamiflu-Resistant and Deadly

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The 2009 swine flu virus is starting to make a come back. Photo by the CDC.

In 2009 we saw a brand new virus – Influenza H1N1, also known as the swine flu. This new virus spread quickly and sickened millions worldwide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that there were 43 million and 89 million cases between April 2009 and April 2010, and between 8,870 and 18,300 deaths associated with the swine flu virus now known as H1N1pdm09. It has been four years since the H1N1 pandemic and we are starting to see the number of cases begin to climb once again.

 Where is the Swine Flu Now?

The first cases of H1N1pdm09 in the United States were reported in January, according to the CDC. In Ahmedabad, India there have been 611 reported cases of H1N1 and 111 deaths, reports The Times of India. The state has accepted help from the National Center for Disease Control and the National Institute of Virology and are working together to help prevent the spread of swine flu.

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There have also been cases of H1N1 in New Delhi. As of March 19, 2013, there have been 1,431 reported cases and 16 deaths this year. This is quite a difference from last year when they only saw 78 reported cases and only one death, reports News Track India. There are also sporadic cases being reported in Scotland, the United Kingdom, Russia, and other countries, according to the Global Incidence Map.

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