Official Report Confirms Pregnant Women at Increased Risk for H1N1 Death

April 20, 2010 — Pregnant women infected with the 2009 influenza A (H1N1) virus are at increased risk for death compared with others, but treatment within 2 days of symptom onset decreased this risk, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), published in the April 21 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
"Pregnant women represent approximately 1% of the US population, yet they accounted for 5% of US deaths from 2009 influenza A(H1N1) reported to the CDC," the researchers write.