WHO presents the geographic distribution of victims: the Americas 4200, more than 600 in south east Asia and 460 in the western Pacific. The United States clarifies that 5.7 million people were affected in 48 states, 1,300 died of the virus. Ukraine has confirmed Friday its first fatal case of influenza A. The Kiev government has ordered closure of schools, cinemas and other public places in order to minimize the spread of epidemic influenza. Mexico has begun to disinfect the metros and schools..
Yes. France is currently affected by an outbreak of influenza due to influenza A (H3N2) sensitive to neuraminidase inhibitors (oseltamivir, zanamivir). This is not the case for the United States where the current outbreak is caused by influenza A (H1N1) virus resistance to oseltamivir. The United States is actually behind France: they were subject to the virus that has now circulating in Europe in 2007-2008. Reported resistance to the U.S. this winter correspond to those observed in Europe last winter.
The effectiveness of oseltamivir and zanamivir is excellent on the influenza virus epidemic among us this winter as long as the delay between the onset of clinical signs and the beginning of treatment is low. Beyond 12 hours apart, every hour lost reduces the effectiveness of treatment. Wait several hours is a loss of efficacy of treatment for the patient. Better to have boxes in stock to be able to deliver the drug immediately.