Tamiflu Reduces The Number Of Cases Of Pneumonia In ‘Swine Flu’ Patients – Part 1 of 3
Tamiflu Reduces The Number Of Cases Of Pneumonia In ‘Swine Flu’ Patients. When entranced shortly after the onset of symptoms, the antiviral medicine Tamiflu seems to have protected otherwise healthy swine flu patients from contracting pneumonia during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, Chinese researchers say. Tamiflu may also have shortened the period that patients were contagious and reduced the duration of their fevers, the analysis team said.
However, reporting in the Sept 29 issue of ‘bmj dot com’, the study authors stressed that their findings should be interpreted with caution given that the conclusions are based on an after-the-fact dissection and on a pool of patients not uniformly given chest X-rays at the time of illness. The study team, led by Dr Weizhong Yang and Dr Hongjie Yu from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Beijing, note that in 2009 the fast-spreading influenza A (H1N1) virus killed more than 18000 consumers in over 200 countries.