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H1N1 mutations reported in the United States

December 02, 2009
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WASHINGTON — After the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed last week that an H1N1 influenza A (swine flu) virus mutation had been discovered in Ukraine and Norway, fears quickly rose that a similar mutation could occur in the United States, according to the Atlanta Alternative Spirituality Examiner.
Recent reports that swine flu mutations have been reported in the states of Iowa and North Carolina have done little to quell these fears, the story stated.
According to the story, news of Tami flu-resistant swine flu in the state of North Carolina is raising questions about the ability to combat the pandemic.
Dr. Gregory Schmunk, Santa Clara County Medical Examiner, said: "[We have noticed] very heavy, wet hemorrhagic lungs, lungs with a lot of blood in them [in patients with the mutated virus]."
Many experts say the current virus mutation is strikingly similar to the 1918 "Spanish flu," which caused similar hemorrhaging and, in extreme cases, bleeding from the ears and skin, the story noted.
According to reports, the swine flu mutation involves a receptor binding domain change and is causing the virus to become more dangerous, the story added.
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