Update 7/9: The Examiner is reporting that, since the Tamiflu resistor was SF-based, “all of The City’s known swine flu cases will be retested for resistance to Tamiflu and other treatments used for the new virus.”

SF Bioterrorism and Infectious Disease Emergencies Unit director Dr. Erica Pan Department of Public Health says that hearing about this new version of the Swine “doesn’t actually change what we’re doing in SF,” with the exception of this new round of tests. “We were anticipating this would happen eventually”

July 8, 2009 While we’re not leaving for Las Vegas just yet, we are packing a bag: reports that a San Francisco teenager is one of three people to be sporting a Tamiflu-resistant strain of The Hiney.

Officials think she got the Pig Disease here in the states, but wasn’t diagnosed until after her arrival in Hong Kong mid-June. Though her illness was mild, her resistance to Tamiflu, “the primary pharmaceutical weapon against the new virus,” is causing US officials to step “up testing of swine flu cases for Tamiflu resistance.”

Even the resistant strains of Swine can be treated with another drug, the genric name if which is Zanamivir. Stock up!

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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