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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5)
CBS 5 has learned that at least five pregnant women have been hospitalized in Bay Area intensive care units due to complications of the H1N1 swine flu.
Sources said two of the five women are no longer in ICU, but they remained hospitalized. All the fetuses appeared to be fine, the sources indicated.
This may be the first reported cluster of pregnant women infected with H1N1 in the country. One obstetrician who was consulted on all five cases told CBS 5 that he had never seen anything like this before.
All the pregnant women are or were in their early third trimester. Some required intubation or help breathing, sources said.
Some of these women were perfectly healthy, while others had underlying health conditions. While the doctor could not divulge what other health conditions these pregnant women had, the Centers for Disease Control said respiratory conditions such as allergies or asthma or even heart disease, may put a person at a higher risk.
The CDC and the World Health Organization also warned that pregnancy itself may be a risk factor for contracting H1N1.
CDC officials said they don't know why pregnant women may be at a higher risk for contracting swine flu or for complications following a swine flu infection. However, pregnant women, in general, have lowered immune systems.
The doctor interviewed by CBS 5 believes that with infected pregnant women who are in their third trimester, the enlarging fetus in the uterus may be pushing up and against a woman's diaphragm to such a degree, that she can no longer breathe as deeply, and may be at higher risk for pneumonia.
Zsa Zsa Gabor has been hospitalized for six days but is back at home recovering from a flu-like illness.
Her husband, Prince Frederick von Anhalt, said Monday the 92-year-old actress was treated at a hospital and released, but did not provide details on her condition
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay—A 60-year-old woman who died Monday in Uruguay became the country's first swine flu fatality, the ministry of public health said.
"Late today a woman died in Montevideo with multiple organ failure and tests confirmed the presence of the A(H1N1) virus," the ministry said in a statement.
Uruguay has 195 confirmed cases of swine flu, including 12 requiring hospitalization, according to the ministry.
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii is reporting its first swine flu death.
The state Department of Health says an adult over 60 years old with an underlying medical condition died June 19 at Oahu's Tripler Army Medical Center after contracting the H1N1 virus.
Department spokeswoman Janice Okubo said Monday the swine flu was not the patient's primary cause of death, but a secondary cause.
The department isn't releasing further details, including patient's gender or medical ailments, because of federal laws and concerns for the patient's privacy.
ATLANTA — For the first time, a case of swine flu has proven resistant to Tamiflu — the leading pharmaceutical weapon against the new virus, international health officials said Monday.
The resistance was seen in a patient in Denmark, who has recovered.
"The goods news is they just found one," said Dr. Carolyn Bridges of the U.S. Centers for Disease control and Prevention.
It appears the strain developed in a patient who was taking the drug to prevent illness, and it has not spread to others. That's a much better scenario than if the patient had not been taking Tamiflu and picked up a drug-resistant strain already spreading through the public, said Bridges, associate director for science in the CDC's influenza division.