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    6th Influenza A (H1N1-2009)-related death

    02 Aug 2009

    We have our 6th Influenza A (H1N1-2009)-related death today. She is a 29-year-old Indian female with no other known underlying medical conditions other than being overweight. She was admitted to CGH?s ED on 25 Jul 09 with a four-day history of flu-like symptoms and having fainted that morning. She was transferred to the ICU on 26 Jul because of low oxygen saturation. She passed away this morning and the cause of death is pneumonia with renal failure, with Influenza A (H1N1-2009) infection as a contributing factor.

    2 August 2009

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    Re: Singapore - H1N1 - 6th death


    Aug 2, 2009
    6th H1N1-linked death
    By April Chong

    A 29-YEAR-OLD Indian woman with Influenza A (H1N1) died on Sunday, becoming the sixth flu-related death here in two weeks.

    She had no known underlying medical conditions other than being obese, said the Health Ministry. All five others who have so far died had pre-existing illnesses or chronic conditions.

    The woman was admitted to Changi General Hospital's emergency department on July 25 after having fainted. She already had four days of flu-like symptoms by then.

    She was moved into intensive care the next day because of low oxygen levels. The cause of death has been identified as pneumonia and renal failure, with H1N1 infection as a contributing factor.

    Flu experts from the United States have noted that overweight patients, especially severely obese ones, are likely to have respiratory complications that are harder to treat and could be fatal.

    They also noted that past flu epidemics have not felled obese people like H1N1 has.