The Health Ministry on Sunday confirmed the swine flu epidemic has claimed its second victim in the UAE.
The ministry said the victim was a 30-year-old pregnant Pakistani female. The woman was operated on and gave birth to a healthy child.
Meanwhile, Bahrain on Sunday reported its first swine flu death - the victim there described as in her 30s and from South East Asia, KUNA reported.
Health department official, Mohammed Ameen Awadhi, speaking from the country's Salmaniya Medical Complex, said the woman had recently visited the accident and emergency department, complaining of symptoms including fever, sore throat and headache. She was immediately admitted to the intensive care unit.
It emerged that the woman had underlying health issues, although it was not determined whether she contracted the virus abroad or in Bahrain.
Bahrain has reported 200 swine flu infections so far, with most patients having fully recovered. ''A few people'' are described as still receiving medical treatment.
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amber masson Sep 09, 2009 06:21 am
I think that its very important issue
as the lifes of millions of people are on stake as its a very dangerous kind of epidimics as the post descrbes that the lady who was died of it she was preganant one so its really important issue on which serious meaures have to be taken
thank you for such a wonderful information
Catherine Blackmore Aug 31, 2009 07:37 pm
I feel compelled to comment on the current school situation regarding the H1n1 Flu epidemic. As you have stated in this article only 1 person has died in the UAE and this was a pregnant female. In today's Gulf News there were plenty of comments about children not returning to school fearing getting sick from this flu. Surely there must be other factors to these decisions. Many of these families admit that they have only just returned from holidays and as many of us know we often are tired and have catching up to do before we feel that we are ready to go back to work. If your children are not showing any signs of sickness which the majority are not then they should be back at school. Parents are using the flu as an excuse to keep their children home from school because of Ramadan, fasting, children being persuasive and delaying the situation which is causing schools enormous problems in trying to get the years work completed.