Bird Flu Alarm



Understanding Avian Influenza

How is infection with H5N1 virus in humans treated?

How is infection with H5N1 virus in humans treated?



The H5N1 virus currently infecting birds in Asia that has caused human illness and death is resistant to amantadine and rimantadine, two antiviral medications commonly used for influenza. Two other antiviral medications, oseltamavir and zanamavir, would probably work to treat flu caused by the H5N1 virus, but additional studies still need to be done to prove their effectiveness.