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Two more women with swine flu die

Influenza Virus
The first swine-flu related death in Wales happened in August

A 21-year-old woman who recently gave birth and another woman with underlying health conditions have both died after contracting swine flu.

The Welsh Assembly Government confirmed both deaths, which takes the total number of fatalities in swine flu-related cases in Wales to three.

The mother, from Monmouthshire, died two weeks after her baby was born by caesarean section.

The other woman, 43, did not die primarily from swine flu, doctors said.

She had been admitted to Prince Philip Hospital in Llanelli from her Carmarthenshire home on 3 October.

Her condition deteriorated and she was transferred to intensive care, but died on 7 October.

The pregnant woman was admitted to Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny, for a planned caesarean section on 25 September.

The baby was delivered safely and remains well, but the mother was transferred to intensive care after her condition worsened.

She was taken to a specialist lung unit at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester on 30 September, and died on 9 October.

Neither of the two women have been identified at their families' request.

Another death is also being investigated, and chief medical officer for Wales Dr Tony Jewell said he expected they would be reporting a fourth swine-flu related death by Thursday.

BBC Wales' health correspondent Hywel Griffiths said the number of cases of people reporting flu-like symptoms stood at around 1,400.

He said of the two deaths: "It's a reminder of how serious swine flu can be because it's almost become part of the our daily lives talking about [it], and yet tragically it can affect some vulnerable people in a fatal way."

'Complications'

The first Welsh person to suffer a swine-flu related death was a 55-year-old woman from Caerphilly county on 15 August.

Dr Jewell said: "We would like to send our condolences to the family and friends of the women at this difficult time.

"Sadly as the number of swine flu cases rise, the number of people experiencing severe symptoms or complications or even death will inevitably increase.

"This is the same for seasonal flu in the winter. We should receive the swine flu vaccine in the coming weeks and shortly after GPs will begin administering the vaccines to those most at risk of complications and frontline health and social care workers.

"I must stress that for the vast majority of healthy people, the infection remains mild and they should recover within five to seven days with rest, plenty of fluids and paracetamol."

He said people with underlying health conditions were most at risk, but stressed most people recovered from the infection with no major concerns.

Dr Jewell added: "If people are concerned, or if they are in these at risk groups, they should contact their GP. Anti-virals have the most impact within 48 hours of the onset of flu-like symptoms."



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