COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A pregnant woman died after delivering a baby within the last week. The woman had swine flu, according to her doctor.
A University of South Carolina School of Medicine doctor said the baby was delivered successfully and is doing well. So far it's unclear whether the infant has the H1N1 virus.
Privacy laws protect the woman's identity and specific information about her condition or treatment.
The doctor said pregnant women are at increased risk for the flu, but should not panic. If they begin to feel sick, they should call their doctor and begin treatment. He cautions them from going to their doctor's office, as not to infect others around them.
Pregnant women should get a seasonal flu shot as soon as possible, the doctor said. However, he says women who are pregnant, could be pregnant or are trying to get pregnant should wait until the H1N1 virus is given in a shot form, not the live virus nasal spray.
Several medical organizations released a joint statement Friday with recommendations for pregnant women worried about H1N1. The organizations include:
- American Academy of Family Physicians
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- American College of Nurse-Midwives
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
- Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses
- Infectious Disease Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology
- March of Dimes Foundation
- Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Look for more updates to this developing story as we get them into the newsroom.