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Pregnant woman ill in suspected swine flu case

Pregnant woman ill in suspected swine flu case

Published: 28 Aug 2009 11:09 GMT+02:00
Updated: 28 Aug 2009 11:09 GMT+02:00

The woman, who is reported to be under 30, is in intensive care at the Karolinska University Hospital in Solna, Stockholm, and is being treated with artificial lungs (ECMO). The diagnosis is not yet confirmed, said Karolinska University Hospital’s head of press, Klas Östman.

Pregnant women are in a medical risk group that the Swedish Health and Welfare Board (Socialstyrelsen) recommends stand in priority order in the queue for receiving the vaccination for swine flu. Pregnant women run a higher risk of suffering serious complications in relation to the infection.

The increased risk posed by the A/H1N1 swine influenza to pregnant women is due to two principal factors, according to Mia Brytting, head microbiologist at the Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control (Smittskyddsinstitutet).

“They have an immuno-defence that is in certain ways impaired so that the body does not reject the foetus. Also, as the pregnancy becomes further advanced, the lungs have a smaller area within the diaphragm than normal. The virus, which attacks the airways, causes different levels of strain for different people,” says Brytting.

Three young people are already being treated with ECMO at Karolinska University Hospital, after the A/H1N1 swine influenza caused their lung functions to collapse. A further Swedish patient is also under treatment in a hospital in Århus, Denmark, as Karolinska had no available beds when the patient was admitted.

In recent days the hospital has increased the number of ECMO treatment places, and plans to accelerate the increase in treatment capacity if the swine flu infection spreads further.

The swine influenza has not yet become a serious epidemic in Sweden, according to the Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control’s latest influenza report, released last week. Up to and including August 23, Sweden has had more than 750 confirmed cases of swine influenza. The highest incidences of influenza cases have been reported from Stockholm, Kronoberg, Skåne and Uppsala.

TT/Stuart Roberts (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

13:50 August 28, 2009 by suso
The golden rule in any epidemic like this is

"Immediate publicity by all means".Everybody should know what is happening.
15:52 August 28, 2009 by MTTRN
It is indeed quite pathetic how the media blows this swine flu business completely out of proprtion.
21:52 August 28, 2009 by lingonberrie
Agreed. Keep the people informed.
10:40 August 29, 2009 by Ozpot
What 700 people have died worldwide of swine flu (most have had other underlining illnesses) in the same time frame more than 700,000 have dies of regular seasonal flu. Yet swine flu makes the headlines.

Why? Plane and simple there is a worlwide agenda to push the swine flu vaccine which is known to be more harmful than the swine flu itself.

The vaccine has a history of killing more people than the actual swine flu virus.

Avoid this poisonous vaccine at all cost no matter how much the world govermentd try to force this on us.

Educate before you Vaccinate!

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