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H1N1 Flu Hit Pregnant Women Hard
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TUESDAY, April 20 (HealthDay News) -- Although pregnant women make up about 1% of the U.S. population at any given time, during the 2009 H1N1 swine flu outbreak they made up 5% of deaths, a new study has found.
Researchers also found that pregnant women who waited four days before seeking treatment were admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) nearly 57% of the time, compared to only about 9% for pregnant women who didn't delay seeking treatment.
The H1N1-linked death rate among pregnant women was "more than we would have expected," said one of the study's authors, Dr. Sonja Rasmussen, a medical officer with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "We also learned that early treatment with anti-viral medications lowers the chances of being admitted to the ICU, and lowers the chances of death."
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