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Obstetricians at Hadassah University Medical Center
in Jerusalem's Ein Kerem performed a cesarean section to deliver the
seven-month-old fetus of a 38-year-old east Jerusalem woman in serious
condition due to H1N1 flu virus complications.
The baby boy was taken to the neonatal intensive
care unit and was in no danger, but on Thursday the mother was in
unstable condition and attached to a respirator after the surgery.
Dr. Yoram Weiss, head of the hospital's intensive care unit,
said the woman was initially admitted to Hadassah University Medical
Center on Mount Scopus
in her 30th week of pregnancy after contracting
the H1N1 flu and suffering respiratory difficulties that developed into
pneumonia. She was immediately given the anti-viral drug Tamiflu and
transferred to Ein Kerem for the surgery.
Weiss said that while pregnant women are more susceptible to
complications of H1N1 flu, not all are at high risk and that there was
"no need for them to panic."
The Health Ministry reported that so far, 1,719
Israelis have been diagnosed with the H1N1 virus. The vast majority of
the cases have been mild, but 20 victims of the virus have been in
serious condition, with nine of them in intensive care; one man, Shimon
Azran of Eilat
The most recent cases of people in serious condition are a
50-year-old woman who has chronic illness; and a 62-year-old woman with
a heart condition. The first is in intensive care at Meir Medical
Center in Kfar Saba
, and the second is in intensive care at Soroka
University Medical Center in Beersheba. About 1,200 phone calls from worried residents were
received by a special ministry H1N1 flu information phone line that was
open on Wednesday and Thursday. Most of the questions were about risks
to pregnant women, the symptoms of the flu and about avoiding the
infection on vacations in Israel and abroad.