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Pregnant Delaware woman dies from H1N1 flu

CDC graphic: Understanding Influenza (Flu) Infection
CDC graphic: Understanding Influenza (Flu) Infection
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The death of a 33-year-old expectant mother from Smyrna, Delaware, is the third flu-related death of the 2013-2014 flu season, according to a statement posted on Tuesday, to the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Facebook page.

The DHSS statement reports that the woman who tested positive for the H1N1 virus earlier this month, died over the weekend. The pregnant woman had several underlying conditions and was not vaccinated for the flu. The woman's child was delivered by emergency c-section on February 17, and remains hospitalized.

The same report also confirms that a 77-year-old Wilmington man who died last Friday, February 21, was the state’s second flu related death. The man was hospitalized at the time for several underlying medical conditions.

A flu can be deadly

The two deaths illustrate a common theme with the flu, many people do not die from the flu itself, but often die from complications caused by bacteria, such as pneumonia. Complications of seasonal flu also include worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes.

Our goal in covering the flu, and the potential for a new H1N1 pandemic, is to stress the importance of not taking the flu lightly.

Surviving a pandemic

When you hear reports of flu deaths, stop and think, could this be the next big pandemic? You answer should be, if it is, you're prepared!

Like any aspect of disaster survival and emergency preparedness, the more you know, and the better you prepare, increases your odds of survival.

Want to learn more?

Check out the suggested by the author links below to previous articles on pandemic fears.

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