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CORPUS CHRISTI — Swine flu caused the death of a 45-year-old health care worker, the Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District announced Thursday. The woman, who worked at Christus Spohn Hospital Memorial, died Saturday of viral pneumonia, said local health authority Dr. William Burgin Jr. Officials received positive test results Thursday indicating the woman, who was admitted to a hospital on Sept. 24, had swine flu, or the H1N1 virus, he said. The woman had pre-existing conditions such as obesity and cardiac arrhythmia that may have played a part in the rapid escalation of the swine flu, Burgin said. “People who have swine flu who are obese have more trouble breathing,” because of pressure on their diaphragm, he said. Health officials sought tests because an autopsy on the woman suggested she may have had swine flu, Burgin said.
Emergency Rooms Face Overcrowding Due To H1N1 Concerns - HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOMS ACROSS SOUTH TEXAS ARE PACKED ! THE AVERAGE WAITING TIME TO BE SEEN BY A DOCTOR HAS REACHED 8-10 HOURS ! THAT'S BECAUSE SWINE FLU CASES HAVE REACHED EPIDEMIC PROPORTIONS -- ACCORDING TO LOCAL HEALTH AUTHORITIES. BUT DR. JAIME FERGIE, DIRECTOR OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES FOR DRISCOLL CHILDRENS HOSPITAL, SAYS RATHER THAN GOING TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM, SWINE FLU PATIENTS SHOULD INSTEAD GO TO THEIR OWN DOCTOR OR PEDIATRICIAN OR FAMILY DOCTOR'S OFFICE. THEIR SYMPTOMS CAN BE TREATED THERE AS WELL.
Health officials have known since the 1918 flu pandemic that pregnant women were more vulnerable. When infected, they suffer increased rates of abortion, premature births and complications at delivery, the CDC reports. Their babies have more complications, too. Fever during pregnancy doubles the risk of nervous system defects and is linked to seizures, brain swelling and cerebral palsy.
Experts said it's connected to the many changes that happen to the body of a pregnant woman. To avoid rejecting the fetus as a foreign object, the body shuts off part of immune system that kills invading organisms. That leaves the mother less able to fight off infections from viruses such as flu, parasites and diseases such as malaria.
Also, Theiler said, the heart and lungs must work much harder than normal to supply extra blood for the baby. An infection puts even more pressure on those systems.
CINCINNATI — A 26-year-old southeastern Indiana woman hospitalized with swine flu has died three weeks after her younger brother died of the disease.
Mindy McIntosh of Dillsboro, Ind., died Monday at University Hospital in Cincinnati.
Family friend Mike Dittmer says McIntosh had been improving before a blood clot in her lungs and a rapid change in blood pressure led to brain swelling.
Her 19-year-old brother Matthew McIntosh died July 5 from the virus at University Hospital. The siblings lived with their mother about 30 miles west of Cincinnati and were hospitalized after falling ill in late June.
Their mother has said neither of them traveled out of the country and she didn't know how they caught the virus.
CORPUS CHRISTI - The man who died of swine flu last Friday has been identified as 58-year-old Irving Neal Range of Rockport. Health officials said Range got pneumonia as a result of the swine flu and died from the illness last Friday. Doctors said they don't believe Range had any pre-existing medical conditions. His mother, Opal Range said he went to the emergency room Thursday at Christus Spohn Memorial but after waiting four hours, he came home, but went back the next day. Opal said her son passed away later that afternoon. Irving was buried at sea earlier this week. Irving is the seventh person locally to die of swine flu. His death was the third swine flu death in just over a week. Dr. William Burgin with the City-County Health Department said the number of swine flu cases has doubled in just the past week. He also said schools are reporting more absences. The health department predicted there would be higher numbers of the flu this fall once classes started again.