A 6-year-old Kent County, Del., boy is the second person in the nation to have an oseltamivir-resistant virus strain of the flu, meaning he can’t be treated with antivirals.
The boy tested positive for swine flu — an oseltamivir-resistant illness — last month, but has since recovered. Just half of 1 percent of last year’s swine flue cases were resistant to oseltamivir, as Mark Eichmann reports for WHYY.
The good news here is that the rare flu case doesn’t seem to be contagious, as the News Journal reports. The boy was tested as part of a routine anti-viral resistance testing, but the CDC wasn’t able to link person-to-person transmission of the oseltamivir-resistant flu.