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Swine flu mortality reduced in HIV patients on Tamiflu

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HIV patients who become infected with H1N1 influenza have a significantly higher chance of survival if they quickly receive the drug Tamiflu, according to new research.

A prospective observational study by Mexican scientists during the 2009 flu pandemic examined 126 HIV patients, 30 of whom were also infected with swine flu. Of these, 16 were hospitalised and six died.

They found that delays in the patients receiving Tamiflu significantly degraded the survival rate of the patients.

The pandemic is thought to have begun in the Mexican state of Veracruz, but was first detected in Mexico City, where the study took place.

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