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City patient dies of swine flu

SHANGHAI reported its first swine flu death yesterday.

A 60-year-old man died at the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center in suburban Jinshan District before dawn, said Shanghai Health Bureau.

Doctors said that the patient died of pulmonary embolism, which means a blockage of the main artery of the lung, a common complication of swine flu.

Diagnosed with a serious case of the disease on November 27, the man had a sudden deterioration in his condition early yesterday morning. Despite hours of emergency treatment, he was declared dead of swine flu complicated with serious pneumonia.

Doctors called it a sporadic case, and saw no signs of a worsening outbreak in the city.

As of yesterday, Shanghai reported a total of 2,123 swine flu cases, including 35 serious cases and one death.

Three children were in critical condition yesterday due to swine flu. Two were hospitalized at the Children's Hospital of Fudan University and one was at the Shanghai Children's Hospital.

So far Shanghai has detected 10 children seriously sickened by swine flu.

Four patients have recovered and left the hospital, including a 6-year-old Shanghai boy, the city's first child patient of severe swine flu infection. He was discharged yesterday.

"Parents should be on the alert if they have children with respiratory diseases like asthma," said Dr Wang Yi, vice president of the Children's Hospital of Fudan University. "They can develop more severe syndromes and complications if they catch swine flu virus."

Dr Lu Hongzhou, a member of Shanghai's swine-flu expert panel, said the city should get prepared for the next peak, expected to start in mid-February and last to March.

"We most worry about pregnant women, who are likely to develop into serious case whenever catching swine flu virus," he said.

"We suggest pregnant women to take antiviral medicines soon after being infected. If necessary, pregnancy termination should be done to save the life."

Lu said the Ministry of Health is looking into giving pregnant women free swine flu inoculation.


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