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Swine Flu in Pregnancy Leads Some to ICU
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THURSDAY, March 18 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women with the H1N1 (swine) flu were 13 times more likely to become critically ill than non-pregnant women infected with H1N1, according to a report from researchers in Australia and New Zealand.
In the study, published online March 19 in BMJ, the investigators found that 11 percent of mothers and 12 percent of the babies died, but the authors noted that it is difficult to draw conclusions because there were few pregnant women infected with H1N1 to study.
The researchers, led by Dr. Ian Seppelt from the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Influenza Investigators, looked at the medical records of pregnant women and women who had given birth within the previous four weeks who had contracted H1N1 and were hospitalized in the intensive care unit (ICU) between June and August 2009.
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