The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health officials are actively tracking the recent emergence of human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection. Swine influenza A (H1N1) gene sequences are now available within BioHealthBase and in GenBank.
CDC is working with officials in states with confirmed human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1), as well as with officials in Mexico, Canada, and the World Health Organization (WHO). The swine influenza A (H1N1) virus has been found to be susceptible to the prescription antiviral drugs oseltamivir (wikipedia oseltamivir / Tamiflu) and zanamivir (wikipedia - Relenza) CDC has issued interim guidance for the use of these drugs to treat and prevent infection.
The disease has been confirmed in at least four countries, including the U.S. (California, Kansas, New York City, Ohio, and Texas), Mexico, Canada, and Spain (http://blogs.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/swine-flu/). WHO may raise the pandemic threat level if the swine influenza A (H1N1) outbreak intensifies.
Visit the BioHealthBase website daily for ongoing updates on the swine influenza A (H1N1) virus outbreak.