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Outbreak focuses attention on flu treatments

There is no vaccine for the current strain of swine flu - at least not yet. However, federal health authorities said two antiviral drugs, Tamiflu and Relenza, may play a key role in the response to the outbreak because they are in wide supply and, based on laboratory tests, appear to be effective in treating swine flu infections or preventing them in the first place.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday it was sending 11 million courses of the drugs to California and other states that have reported swine flu infections. That represents one-quarter of a stockpile the United States built in recent years in response to fears of a deadly avian flu.
 
 

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