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  1. by   oramar
    Quote from flightnurse2b
    what is the incubation period for the swine flu and how long are you considered contagious? i assume as long as you are still sneezing/coughing/febrile, you are still contagious, since the flu is spread by droplets?

    a nurse at my mom's hospital who she worked with and ate lunch with on monday now has the swine flu... mom said her friend had a sore throat on sunday, a fever on monday and on tuesday had some serious respiatory distress before they even sent her to employee health to be tested.

    i am scared to go to my mom's house for fear she may have been exposed to it.
    my OB says he has no idea, but he thinks the incubation period should be anywhere from 2-10 days, and i've read the maximum was 9 days, so he said to be just be careful. i think alot of doctors are kind of baffled by the swine flu, to be honest. he didn't really know what to say about it.

    this thread is scaring the crap out of me. i feel like i need to be walking around with a N95 to go out of my house right now. 9 more weeks to go.....
    I am not Indigo but I think you will be well advised to avoid ANYONE you even remotely suspect of having it or being exposed to it. May God bless and watch over you, I have two pregnant nieces and my DIL's sister is expecting. They are due in October, November and December respectively. One is a MA in a doctor's office and the other is a nurse on a telemetry unit, the other is a teachers aid in a school. I am torn between unnecessarily worrying them and giving them updates on the situation.
  2. by   indigo girl
    Quote from flightnurse2b
    what is the incubation period for the swine flu and how long are you considered contagious? i assume as long as you are still sneezing/coughing/febrile, you are still contagious, since the flu is spread by droplets?

    a nurse at my mom's hospital who she worked with and ate lunch with on monday now has the swine flu... mom said her friend had a sore throat on sunday, a fever on monday and on tuesday had some serious respiatory distress before they even sent her to employee health to be tested.

    i am scared to go to my mom's house for fear she may have been exposed to it.
    my OB says he has no idea, but he thinks the incubation period should be anywhere from 2-10 days, and i've read the maximum was 9 days, so he said to be just be careful. i think alot of doctors are kind of baffled by the swine flu, to be honest. he didn't really know what to say about it.

    this thread is scaring the crap out of me. i feel like i need to be walking around with a N95 to go out of my house right now. 9 more weeks to go.....
    I don't think that your mom would want for you to visit right now until she knows that she is clear. Your doctor's advice seems sensible. Probably most pregnant women that get the flu will be sick but OK, however, some will not. We don't get to know who is going to be in trouble though, and that is the problem.

    About flu being spread by droplets, well it is mostly thought to be spread that way, but there have been some studies showing it can be aerosolized, and spread by fomites also.

    This thread was started to provide some documentary evidence that pregnancy was a high risk category for pandemic influenza.
    History has shown this to be so, and we are seeing this as well in our present pandemic. If the thread has managed to teach the necessity for caution, and the need for early treatment if having flu s/s then it has provided a worthy service as well because sometimes just telling people that they are at risk does not make much of an impact.

    The reading of these cases is difficult for all of us. I have to tell you that it just tears me up to look at these photographs, and to hear the sadness of these families. But, part of what we are doing here is bearing witness. We are doing so with sadness and great respect. I think that it is important.

    Here is a link that might be helpful to you.

    http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/guidance/pregnant.htm

    If I could, I would wrap all you expectant moms up in cellophane with O2 attached, but I can't do that. I will just have to say, be careful, avoid crowds if you can, and be sensible. Be mindful of the things that get touched by many hands like grocery cart handles that little kids drool on, so wipe them down with a cleaning cloth before you touch them. Carry hand gel with you, and use it after you pump gas into your car. Be mindful that school age kids are the super spreaders, and their parents are the bridge into the community.

    I am wishing you not only an uneventful pregnancy, but a joyful, and safe delivery as well.
  3. by   indigo girl
    Modesto, California

    http://www.fox40.com/news/headlines/...,1015448.story

    Quote from www.fox40.com

    29-year old Melissa McDaniel became the fifth swine flu victim in Stanislaus county this year. Her family says her battle the virus came in the last days of her pregnancy, with her going in and out of the hospital. Her mom, Patricia Shehan says "H1-N1 really messed up her kidneys, her lungs, her heart, and she fought for a month".

    Most expectant women deal with a lot of high risk during pregnancy but for Melissa when swine flu entered her body, it provide too much to handle. It even gave her family a learning lesson on how server of a punch H1-N1 can hit the body.

    Melissa was a surrogate mother who's 4th child is ok and now with her new family. This while Melissa's family has to beg for the cash to bury her. The family is asking for donations to raise the $1000 needed to lay to rest someone they call the sweetest person in the world.
    (hat tip flutrackers/shiloh)
  4. by   indigo girl
    UAE

    http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs....909029974/1010

    Quote from www.thenational.ae
    The new cases involve a pregnant woman who was admitted to hospital 10 days ago at an unspecified location.

    The woman was suffering from a respiratory problem and required a caesarean section to deliver the new born. The ministry said the newborn baby was healthy, the woman, however passed away.
    (hat tip flutrackers/JimO]
  5. by   indigo girl
    Vadodara, India

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/n...ow/4967895.cms

    Quote from timesofindia.indiatimes.com

    A 23-year-old pregnant woman succumbed to swine flu at a city-based hospital, taking the statewide toll to nine.

    The death was confirmed by state principal secretary (health) Ravi Saxena.

    Seven-month pregnant Bhavya Dave, who was admitted to SSG hospital on Saturday last, succumbed to H1N1 virus yesterday, hospital superintendent Atul Kumar Saxena said today.

    The victim had developed swine flu-symptoms on August 21. she was admitted to the hospital with severe breathlessness. Her condition was critical and she was kept on ventilation, he said.

    This is the second case where a pregnant woman died due to swine flu in the state. Last Saturday, a pregnant woman had died of H1N1 virus infection in Ahmedabad.
    (hat tip pfi/pixie]
  6. by   indigo girl
    North Kansas City, Missouri

    http://www.kmbc.com/health/20710701/detail.html

    Quote from www.kmbc.com
    A Kansas City woman is in intensive care at North Kansas City following the birth of her child last week.

    Travis Stuteville told KMBC's Dan Weinbaum that his wife, Angela, may be suffering from complications of the H1N1 flu. She is in a medically induced coma.
    "It struck fast -- it grabbed her and pulled her down with no warning," Stuteville said.
    Doctors have not confirmed it is H1N1. They are waiting on test results.
    Stuteville said his wife became sick just days before her scheduled birth.
    "Thursday, her fever was worse --I took her temperature and she had a 103.2 temp. Our concern was for that little baby inside," Stuteville said.
    On Friday, the couple's son, Jaxson, was born, and mother and child were separated. Jaxson spent a week in isolation as a precaution.
    "Mom never got to hold him -- rough thing for a mom," Stuteville said.
    Stuteville said his wife's condition got worse. On Sunday, she went on a ventilator to help her breathe.
    Stuteville said some of the medical staff told him they suspect it's the H1N1 virus.
    "With her condition -- she went downhill real fast," Stuteville said.
    Test results will take about five days.
    (hat tip flutrackers/pathfinder)
  7. by   indigo girl
    Columbus, Ohio

    http://www.wcpo.com/content/specials...rYi61Y53g.cspx

    Quote from www.wcpo.com
    Health officials in Ohio say a 20-year-old pregnant woman has died of swine flu.

    The woman's baby was delivered prior to her death Thursday at a Columbus hospital, and officials say the baby is doing well. No other details about the woman were released.
    (hat tip pfi/tierra23)
  8. by   indigo girl
    Denpasar, Bali

    http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/sho...13&postcount=1

    If this patient also has bird flu, I doubt that the Indonesians will ever admit it. They have been censoring information on bird flu deaths for almost two years now, and Bali is a tourist destination.

    Indonesia has the highest number of bird flu deaths in the world with a case fatality ratio of over 80% if infected. A co-infection of bird flu and swine flu is big news, and worrisome information if true. It seems inevitable that this will happen at some point, and does not necessariy mean anything except that it gives bird flu an opportunity to pick up the ability ease of transmissibilty from swine flu which is very contagious. Bird flu is not easily transmissible human to human thus far, therefore co-infections are going to be watched with some alarm if we even hear about them, that is. Egypt and Indonesia are the countries most infected with H5N1, and the news from there is being searched carefully for this type of information daily.

    Quote from www.flutrackers.com
    Ken Wirasandhi, a spokesman from the hospital, said Friday that Ni Wayan Siti of Tampaksiring, Gianyar, died on Thursday night. Ken said the patient, who had tested positive for the H1N1 infection, had also had pneumonia.

    Siti was eight months pregnant when she was admitted to the hospital on Saturday last week. She had a miscarriage three days later.

    The hospital also suspected that Siti was infected with bird flu, but had yet to receive test results to confirm it.

    Separately, chief of the Bali Health Agency I Nyoman Sutedja, said Siti's death was the first H1N1-related death on the resort island. So far, 83 people, 42 of them foreigners, have been treated for the H1N1 virus infection.

    http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2...-denpasar.html
    http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/sho...8&postcount=81

    The following link is referring to the same case, and there is confirmed bird flu in poultry nearby... Impossible to say what really happened. She could have had both influenzas. Because of the fetal demise though, my guess is now that bird flu is involved. We have been seeing with most of the swine cases in this thread that the baby almost always survives because an emergency C-section is done which delivers the baby safely. Fetal demise is more frequent with bird flu. Again, if this is bird flu in a human case, I do not expect them to admit this. It's very bad for the tourist business.

    Quote from flutrackers.com
    Avian flu outbreak recorded in Buleleng

    Fri, 09/04/2009 2:27 PM | Bali

    BULELENG: Residents of Tejakula village culled 400 chickens infected with the avian flu, to prevent the disease spreading.

    "Intensive culling must be carried out in two affected villages in the regency," said Bali Husbandry Agency head I.B. Alit.

    He added avian flu was still present on the island, mostly among domesticated fowl.

    Meanwhile, a pregnant woman from Gianyar regency is being treated at Sanglah Hospital for avian flu. Her unborn baby was dead. - JP

    http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2...-buleleng.html

    Comment: The last sentence refers to a woman treated in hospital for avian flu. Today it was announced the woman died of swine flu.
    http://bit.ly/9c9F
    Last edit by indigo girl on Sep 4, '09
  9. by   oramar
    Quote from indigo girl
    Columbus, Ohio

    http://www.wcpo.com/content/specials...rYi61Y53g.cspx


    (hat tip pfi/tierra23)
    I think I heard about a death in Pennsylvania on the news.
  10. by   indigo girl
    Quote from oramar
    I think I heard about a death in Pennsylvania on the news.
    I have not seen it, not on Google yet anyway.
  11. by   Purple_Scrubs
    Wow, this just keeps getting worse. I have never been able to conceive naturally, but I think I am going back on the pill just in case, at least until this all settles out.
  12. by   oramar
    Quote from Purple_Scrubs
    Wow, this just keeps getting worse. I have never been able to conceive naturally, but I think I am going back on the pill just in case, at least until this all settles out.
    http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/162959.php
  13. by   indigo girl
    Cleveland, Ohio

    The Columbus case was documented in a previous post prior to this.

    http://www.newsnet5.com/news/20730623/detail.html

    Quote from www.newsnet5.com

    An 18-year-old pregnant Cleveland woman who died in June initially tested negative for the H1N1 virus.

    A Columbus pregnant woman also died because of the virus.

    Cleveland health director Matt Carroll said the blood work was sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta for more testing.

    That result came back this week as positive for H1N1.
    (hat tip flutrackers/chuck)

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