Saturday, August 08, 2009

Woman gives birth to twins before dying from the AH1N1 flu

Deaths in Costa Rica climb to 27

(Inside Costa Rica) - Health Minister, Maria Luisa Avila, confirmed Friday two more deaths from the AH1N1 flu virus, bringing the total to 27.

Numbers 26 and 27 are a man, whose personal information was not released and 25-year-old woman, who had been pregnant with twins.

Doctors had performed a cesarean section on the woman last week when the woman's condition got worse. Avila said the twin babies are doing fine.

"The young woman had been in hospital for some time, the pregnancy being a high risk condition. We were able to save the babies, but unfortunately not her", said Avila.

The good news is that the number of reported cases seems to be dropping.

Health officials say that the number of people in hospitals last week was 129, dropping to 119 at the beginning of this week and yesterday only 95 (17 of which are in intensive care and 78 in isolation).

Of the 4.630 cases reported, only 798 cases of infection were confirmed and another 984, of which 18 are children, are pending analysis

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