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Swine flu death toll over 3,200; cases of Tamiflu resistance rise to 22

TORONTO - The World Health Organization says swine flu has claimed at least 3,205 lives around the globe.

TORONTO - The World Health Organization says swine flu has claimed at least 3,205 lives around the globe.

The Geneva-based agency also says in its weekly report that 21 cases of resistance to the drug Tamiflu have been found.

An expert with the WHO says that figure is actually now 22, because Australia reported a case of drug-resistant swine flu on Friday.

Charles Penn says most of the people who were found to have Tamiflu-resistant viruses had been taking the drug, either to prevent infection or to treat it.

But two cases have been found where people who haven't taken Tamiflu were infected with viruses already resistant to it.

The WHO says the pandemic virus remains the main flu virus found around the world, and the circulating viruses continue to look very similar, genetically, to the strain used to make swine flu vaccine.

 
 
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