Spain: Moroccan woman first swine flu fatality

Spain: Moroccan woman first swine flu fatality

A 20-year-old Moroccan woman has died at a Madrid hospital, becoming Spain's first swine flu fatality, the Gregorio Maranon hospital announced Tuesday.

The woman, who suffered from asthma, died at dawn of a respiratory illness provoked by the A(H1N1) flu, said a health ministry statement.

The woman, who was seven-months pregnant when she arrived at the hospital, had been receiving treatment for several days.

When her condition deteriorated Monday, doctors carried out a Caesarean delivery of the baby, who while fragile because of her premature birth, was in good health and unaffected by the virus, said the ministry statement.

Earlier Tuesday a hospital spokeswoman announced the death, and said Health Minister Trinidad Jimenz would give a press conference later in the day.

Tuesday's death in Spain was the fourth in Europe from swine flu, after three deaths in Britain, the most recent of which was on Monday.


Source: Expatica (English)

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