Fast Facts on Avian Flu

Two antiviral drugs are currently available that have been shown in laboratory settings to be effective against avian flu: Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Relenza (zanamivir). Their possible effectiveness against the deadly H5N1 strain of avian flu is currently being studied.

The U.S. Department of State has decided to stock Tamiflu for eligible U.S. government employees and their families at its embassies and consulates in Southeast Asia.

Influenza strains can quickly become resistant to these antiviral drugs, and therefore the drugs may not always be effective.

Sources: World Health Organization, National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of State

  • 1
  • |
  • 2
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
PHOTO: A home damaged by a landslide Friday, April 18, 2014 in Jackson, Wyo. is shown in this aerial image provided by Tributary Environmental.
Tributary Environmental/AP Photo
Danny Martindale/Getty Images
PHOTO: Woman who received lab-grown vagina says she now has normal life.
Metropolitan Autonomous University and Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine