H1N1 Swine Flu Update - Norwegian Mutation May Cause Viral Pneumonia
The relatively small size of the Norwegian viral sampling is not to downplay the significance of the medical discovery. However it is important that the Norwegian information be placed into perspective. The entire basis towards locating, identifying and isolating viral mutations in a pandemic or even just an epidemic setting is to examine the samples from the genetic standpoint in order to identify any modifications in the viral structures which would affect their immune response properties.
The mutation that was discovered by the Norwegian Health Authorities does not have a clear implication as to how the vaccine may or may not impact it, and it also does not have a clear and unmistakable indication as to what forms of antiviral drugs would be effective against them. Having said that, it is a discovery which merits very close scrutiny, just as any future mutations of the H1N1 virus deserve significant study as these can be the early warning signs that the virus is turning into a more virulent form and one which cannot be treated as relatively easily as it is today.
In the field reports from various American reporting stations it is shown that the Norwegian style of mutation has been noted in a few different places around the United States and also around the world. In some cases this mutation has been isolated from patients who were experiencing extremely mild disease to the point where they may not themselves have not identified it as H1N1 Mexican Swine Flu Virus; in some other cases it was isolated from individuals who had far a more severe form of the disease which they had been hospitalized for; and even states where the disease had become terminal.
There are some hypothetical reasons why this specific Norwegian mutation might ease the way for the H1N1 virus to survive to a greater extent in the deeper parts of the respiratory system and therefore afflict the lungs with a various number of infections of the lower respiratory tract. It is interesting to note that medical authorities have reported lower respiratory infections in cases where the patient presented with viral pneumonia that was considered severe, yet none of this particular Norwegian mutation strain H1N1 Mexican Swine Flu Virus had been isolated from those patients' samples.
Again it is impossible to determine at this time what the implications are of this Norwegian mutation in the longer term of medical outlook for the continuance of the H1N1 Mexican Swine Flu Virus pandemic in the United States and around the world. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta have implemented a significant number of systems of medical surveillance and data collection around the country and they are actively tracking any events associated with H1N1 Mexican Swine Flu Virus which could be termed as adverse. At the current time insufficient data has been collected for the Centers For Disease Control & Prevention to be able to issue a complete and up to date report on the state of the H1N1 influenza pandemic in the country.
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