A 29-year-old pregnant woman who tested positive for the H1N1 flu virus died Sunday morning while undergoing treatment at the intensive care unit at the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Malé.
IGMH Spokesman Ahmed Mausoom told the Maldives Independent that she was hospitalised on March 5 and was breathing through a ventilator when she died.
He declined to provide further details, citing patient confidentiality. According to local media, doctors were unable to save the life of her baby.
Another woman, who tested positive for H1N1, and her prematurely born baby are reportedly in critical condition in IGMH.
Mausoom said eight flu patients are presently undergoing treatment in the ICU, some of whom are breathing with the aid of ventilators.
The death of the pregnant woman brings the H1N1 death toll to five this year. A 79-year-old man who died at IGMH last week was the fourth fatality.
“The man who died on Thursday came in because of a heart problem, but he also tested positive for H1N1,” Mausoom said.
A 46-year-old Bangladeshi man died last week and two Maldivians, a 27-year-old man and a 51-year-old woman, died earlier this month.
According to the latest statistics from the Health Protection Agency, 185 out of 501 suspected cases tested as of Friday have tested positive for the H1N1 subtype of influenza.
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