Chicago-area patients have tested positive for an unusual type of drug-resistant influenza, prompting concern and increased surveillance by local and federal health officials.
The strain of flu can be successfully treated with some drugs, but it does not respond to Tamiflu, the most common antiviral medication for flu. The Illinois Department of Public Health issued a health alert to doctors and hospitals Thursday suggesting that flu patients who are in intensive care receive a combination of drugs until their virus can be analyzed.
Officials said eight of the Tamiflu-resistant infections came from an outbreak at a single Chicago health-care facility, the name of which they have not released.
We'd be willing to bet we know where more than a few of those patients are being housed at the moment. And being as the police come into contact with all sorts of persons with less than adequate hygienic practices, be sure you're aware of what your arrestee might be carrying that ISN'T visible to the naked eye.
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