A male contracts swine flu resistant to Tamiflu

A Perth man has become the first person in Australia to contract a damage of swine flu which is resistant to the antiviral drug Tamiflu.

WA Health confirmed the 38-year-old man, who has a damaged immune system, initially responded to the drug but developed a resistant strain of the virus when his illness relapsed.

There have been 13 cases of Tamiflu-resistant infections reported around the world.

WA's Chief Health Officer Dr Tarun Weeramanthri said in a declaration this was a exceptional and isolated case and did not pose a risk to the public.

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