Five new cases of a unique form of swine flu were confirmed this afternoon by officials at the Centers for Disease Control, bringing the total number to seven. There are five cases in California and two in Texas, and the victims – three females and four males – range in age from 9 to 54. “The good news is that all seven have recovered,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, interim deputy director for the Science and Public Health Program, during a teleconference. She added that although the unusual strain of swine flu is resistant to two of the older antiviral medications, it appears to be susceptible to two of the newer antiviral drugs. She also said it appears that the virus is spread from human to human contact. None of the patients had direct contact with pigs before getting sick, according to Schuchat. “We are in the process of an intensive investigation,” Schuchat said, calling the strain an “unusual” one. “We are taking active steps to learn more and to make sure we are on top of the situation.” She also said that it is likely that more cases will be confirmed, and that it is not possible to catch swine… Read full this story
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