Navigation Links
Swine Flu May Pose Problems for Pregnant Women

But the risk is similar to that posed by other strains of influenza, CDC says

TUESDAY, May 12 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials said Tuesday that they're seeing some complications among pregnant women as the swine flu continues to spread across the country.

"Pregnant women are at higher risk of complications of influenza, whether it's the seasonal influenza or pandemics of the past. We are also seeing some severe complications in women with this year's novel H1NI virus," Dr. Anne Schuchat, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's interim deputy director for science and public health program, said during an afternoon teleconference.

The CDC is investigating 20 cases of pregnant women with the swine flu, several of whom experienced complications, including pneumonia and dehydration and premature birth, Schuchat said. "It is very important that doctors who are caring for pregnant women they suspect may have influenza, that they issue prompt treatment with antiviral medicines," she said.

Doctors can be reluctant to treat pregnant women with antiviral drugs such as Tamiflu and Relenza, and pregnant women may be reluctant to take them out of fear that they may pose a risk during pregnancy, Schuchat said. "Experts who have looked into this situation strongly say that the benefits of using antiviral drugs to treat influenza in a pregnant woman outweigh the theoretical concerns about the drugs," she said.

Of the three swine-flu related deaths in the United States, one involved a 33-year-old pregnant woman from Texas who had other health problems before she was infected with the virus.

Schuchat said Monday that federal health officials were shifting their focus from individual cases of infection to trying to project what is likely to occur with the virus in the fall. Because the new virus -- technically called H1N1 -- is a highly unusual genetic mix of bird, pig and human viruses, health officials worry that it could continue to mutate and return in a more virulent form for next winter's flu season.

The CDC is concerned with what will happen as this new virus moves into the Southern Hemisphere, where the flu season is about to start. The agency is also preparing for the virus' likely return in the fall to the Northern Hemisphere, Schuchat said.

As of Tuesday, there were slightly more than 3,000 confirmed cases in 45 states and the District of Columbia, with three confirmed deaths and 116 people hospitalized. All three patients who have died in the United States had underlying health problems before their infection with the flu.

Testing has found that the swine flu virus remains susceptible to two common antiviral drugs, Tamiflu and Relenza, according to the CDC.

Schuchat said Monday that the confirmed cases were likely just the tip of the iceberg. Many people who become ill don't seek medical attention and are never tested for this strain of flu. "The numbers we are reporting are a minority of the actual infections that are occurring in the country," she said.

Reporting Monday in the journal Science, researchers from the World Health Organization said the swine flu epidemic has pandemic potential and is likely to be comparable to other 20th century pandemics -- at least in terms of its spread.

The report also suggested that the true number of -- largely unreported -- swine flu infections in Mexico, the outbreak's epicenter, possibly had already reached 32,000 by the end of April. The World Health Organization's official tally for Mexico stood Tuesday at 2,059 confirmed human infections, including 56 deaths.

The United States has now surpassed Mexico -- believed to be the source of the outbreak -- as the country most affected by the epidemic, according to World Health Organization statistics. As of Tuesday, the agency was reporting 5,251 confirmed cases of swine flu in 30 countries, with Canada, Spain and the United Kingdom having the most cases outside of the United States and Mexico.

Meanwhile in Mexico, federal health officials said Tuesday that the worst seemed to be over despite more deaths. The country's death toll rose Tuesday to 58 deaths and 2,282 confirmed cases of swine flu -- a rise of two deaths and 223 more cases since Monday. But Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova said this reflects a testing backlog: The last confirmed case was May 8, the Associated Press reported.

Also Tuesday, Swiss drug maker Roche Holding AG said it was donating enough Tamiflu for 5.65 million people to the World Health Organization.

U.S. Human Cases of H1N1 Flu Infection
(As of May 12, 2009, 11:00 AM ET)
States # of
Alabama 9  
Arizona 187  
California 193  
Colorado 44  
Connecticut 28  
Delaware 45  
Florida 55  
Georgia 4  
Hawaii 6  
Idaho 2  
Illinois 554  
Indiana 61  
Iowa 55  
Kansas 22  
Kentucky** 10  
Louisiana 20  
Maine 6  
Maryland 23  
Massachusetts 107  
Michigan 133  
Minnesota 24  
Missouri 14  
Montana 1  
Nebraska 19  
Nevada 12  
New Hampshire 16  
New Jersey 7  
New Mexico 30  
New York 192  
North Carolina 11  
Ohio 7  
Oklahoma 14  
Oregon 74  
Pennsylvania 17  
Rhode Island 7  
South Carolina 32  
South Dakota
Utah 67  
Washington 176 1
Washington, D.C. 7  
TOTAL*(45) 3009 cases 3 deaths
*includes the District of Columbia
**One case is resident of Ky. but currently hospitalized in Ga.

Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

More information

For more on swine flu, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCES: May 12, 2009, teleconference with Anne Schuchat, M.D., interim deputy director for science and public health program, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Associated Press

Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. iJET Provides Additional Services in Response to Ongoing H1N1 Influenza A (Swine Flu) Developments
2. Ericoms Remote Access and Business Continuity Solution Increases Immunity to Productivity Losses -- Combats Swine Flu Scare
3. Flashing Lights Help Kids Avoid the Swine Flu
4. Return of Swine Flu in the Fall Worries Health Officials
5. Protect Your Young Child And Baby From "Swine Flu" In Four Easy Steps
6. Study Supports Swine Flus Pandemic Potential
7. Swine flu: Early findings about pandemic potential reported in new study
8. CDC Shifts Swine Flu Focus to Likely Impact in the Fall
9. Mach One Corporation Announces Hand Carried Product as a Potential Solution to Swine Flu (H1N1) Virus
10. U.S. Now Leads World in Swine Flu Cases
11. Swine Flu - An Underestimated Threat, Says Economist Intelligence Unit
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Swine Flu May Pose Problems for Pregnant Women
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Trustify is proud to announce the success of the seventh ... organization dedicated to ending domestic violence. , Trustify and Becky’s Fund have joined forces ... of domestic violence. Trustify is also proud to announce the launch of the company’s ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... Henderson, ... Tennessee to receive Gigabit Internet through a partnership this year with Aeneas Internet ... Henderson is an attractive destination for entrepreneurs who want to build a business. ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... According to an ... has filed a discrimination claim against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, ... Care Act (ACA) plans are breaking the clause in the law prohibiting the denial ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... Speech and ... believe that with innovative technologies and under the right circumstances, these practices can ... benefit of a dual-approach to his or her therapeutic sessions, as well as ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... 2015 , ... It’s official: Tattoo taboo is a thing of the past. ... Millennials (a whopping one in three aged 18 to 25 is inked). As tattoos ... their ink. In fact, RealSelf , the world’s largest community for learning and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/1/2015)... 1, 2015 Contraceptives ... Contraceptives, Male Condoms, Female Condoms, Intrauterine Devices, ... Diaphragms, Contraceptive Sponges, Non-Surgical Permanent Contraception Devices) ... Trends and Forecast 2014 - 2020 ", ... (TMR).The report states that the global contraceptives ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... 2015   MabVax Therapeutics Holdings, Inc . (OTCQB: ... has filed an Investigational New Drug Application (IND) with ... Company,s lead fully human antibody product HuMab 5B1 as ... to initiate the Phase I clinical trial early in ... The planned Phase I trial will evaluate the ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... 2015  InCarda Therapeutics, Inc. (InCarda), a privately-held biopharmaceutical ... for cardiovascular conditions via the inhalation route, today announced ... Australia . InCarda is planning to undertake ... in the first half of 2016. The ... in Adelaide and Melbourne.  In ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: