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OSAKA (Kyodo) The Osaka Prefectural Government sent a research paper to a U.S. medical journal on the first case in Japan of a genetic mutation of swine flu resistant to Tamiflu about a week before making the finding public, officials said Sunday.

“It’s not that we intentionally placed priority on the manuscript and delayed the announcement,” said Tatsuya Oshita, an official in the prefectural government’s health and medical care department. “As it turned out, we dealt with the matter in a way that could be criticized and we are sorry.”

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