New York City Officials Identify Several People Who Might Have Related Strain of Rare HIV Detected Last Month
March 30, 2005
Investigators have identified several patients who might have a related strain of the rare, highly drug-resistant HIV strain detected in a New York City man last month but are unsure if the cases are related, New York City health officials said on Tuesday, the New York Times reports (Santora, New York Times, 3/30). Officials from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on Feb. 11 announced they had detected the HIV strain, which is resistant to most antiretroviral drugs and possibly causes a rapid onset of AIDS. The city health department issued an alert to physicians, hospitals and medical providers asking them to test all HIV-positive patients for evidence of the strain. This combination of highly drug-resistant HIV and rapid progression to AIDS had not been identified before (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 3/29). City health department officials would not say exactly how many patients had been identified as possibly having the rare strain and said it could take several months to determine if there is a connection (AP/1010 WINS, 3/30). "The extent to which this strain has spread remains under investigation," the city health department said in a statement (AP/Yahoo! News, 3/30).
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