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3 Shanghai fatalities as national H1N1 toll soars

A MAN, 53, yesterday became the third person to die from swine flu in Shanghai.

However, Shanghai's toll has been dwarfed by national figures - and a disturbing trend was revealed yesterday on the amount of fatalities and H1N1 infections involving pregnant women.

The Chinese mainland reported 125 deaths in the week from November 30 to December 6, nearly 65 percent of the 194 fatalities for the whole of November.

Almost 10,000 new cases have been confirmed in the week, taking the overall total to more than 100,000, according to the Ministry of Health.

Deaths were accelerating as large parts of China experienced wintry weather, it said.

The ministry said on its Website yesterday that about 13.7 percent of the deaths from swine flu on the mainland were pregnant women.

The man who died in Shanghai yesterday suffered other chronic illnesses and lost his battle for life in Xinhua Hospital.

A man, 60, and a woman, 50, died of swine-flu complications in Shanghai last Friday and Saturday.

By Tuesday, the city had detected 2,256 swine flu cases.

There have been 56 serious cases, including the fatalities.

Health officials said there was no epidemic in communities or schools in Shanghai.

Thirty-five people with severe swine flu were yesterday in Shanghai hospitals, 23 of them adults but none of them pregnant women.

A girl, 3, from eastern China's Anhui Province, remained in a critical condition in the Children's Hospital of Fudan University yesterday.

She is attached to a breathing machine and a special ice cap is being used in a bid to keep her temperature down.

"We are trying our best to save her," said Dr Wang Xiaohong. "We have saved three critically sick children with swine flu and learned from our experiences."


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