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In hospital for swine flu, gives birth to boy

A PREGNANT Shanghai woman with serious swine flu infection delivered a son on Tuesday at Shanghai No. 6 People's Hospital, the hospital said yesterday.

It was an emergency measure because she was in respiratory failure, officials said.

The baby, who is about seven weeks premature and was placed in an incubator, is showing no signs of swine flu.

The woman was one of 11 people with serious cases of swine flu detected in the city since November 20, the Shanghai Health Bureau said yesterday.

Six of those severely ill were children between 6 months and 6 years old.

Another child, a 6-year-old boy from Shanghai, was admitted to the Children's Hospital of Fudan University on November 19. He was removed from a respiratory machine yesterday after a one-week treatment. Officials said he remained in serious condition but had a good chance of full recovery.

These swine-flu patients were classified as serious cases because of symptoms of severe asthma or pneumonia.

The pregnant woman, whose name was not disclosed, started to develop flu-like symptoms last Thursday. She was hospitalized on Saturday after her condition worsened.

Doctors confirmed her as a serious case on Monday with respiratory failure and placed her on the respiratory machine. After delivering the baby, she started to get better with medication.

"There is no mother-to-baby infection for swine flu virus," said Shen Ce, director of the hospital's respiration department.

The children who have been admitted with severe cases since November 20 include three from Shanghai; two of South Korea and Japan nationalities; and one from Anhui Province. None had received swine flu vaccinations, hospital officials said.

Two children were put on the respiratory machine, while the others were given different therapies to fit their individual condition.

Since the outbreak began, 15 patients have been seriously sickened by swine flu and treated at local hospitals, including seven children under 10 years old.

The city has detected 1,950 swine flu cases since the first case was found in May. A total of 1,616 patients have recovered, including the first two severely stricken. The others, less ill, are being treated at home.

Experts were "optimistic" for a full recovery for the boy who was removed from the respiratory machine yesterday, said Luo Weifen, of the Children's Hospital of Fudan University, a designated facility for swine flu.


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