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WHO says HIV patients at higher risk from flu

Posted By admin On May 2, 2009 @ 8:49 am In Old Infowars Posts Style,Science & Technology | Comments Disabled

Laura MacInnis
Reuters
May 2, 2009

People with HIV are at high risk from the new flu strain that the World Health Organisation said is on the verge of a pandemic, the WHO said on Saturday.

[efoods]The United Nations agency said people with immunodeficiency diseases — including the AIDS virus — will most likely be vulnerable to health complications from the H1N1 strain, as they are from regular seasonal flu, which kills between 250,000 and 500,000 people a year.

HIV and the new flu strain could also mix together in a dangerous way, as has occurred with HIV and tuberculosis, the WHO said in guidance for health workers on its website.

“Although there are inadequate data to predict the impact of a possible human influenza pandemic on HIV-affected populations, interactions between HIV/AIDS and A(H1N1) influenza could be significant,” it said.

“HIV-infected persons should be considered as a high risk and a priority population for preventive and therapeutic strategies against influenza including emerging influenza A(H1N1) virus infection,” it said.

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