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Ministry of Health: Pregnant Women Account for 13 Percent of H1N1 Deaths

According to the Ministry of Health, as of December 7, 2009, Mainland China had reported 326 deaths and 4,328 severe cases of H1N1 Influenza. Pregnant women accounted for 13.7% of the deaths. Zhong Nanshan, a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, stated that most of them were over 6 months pregnant. He further stated that 50% of the patients who have colds or fevers and visit the clinics have influenza and 90% of these influenza patients are H1N1. The current inventory of medicine for H1N1 treatment is for 2% of the population, e.g. for 26 million people. The medicine will be distributed from the central government to provinces, then to rural areas and local communities.

Zhong was reported earlier to state that 80% of the H1N1 deaths were pregnant women, which caused alarm among pregnant women. Later he stated that he meant 8% instead of 80%.

Xinhua, December 9, 2009
Xinhua, December 10, 2009
Guangming Daily, quoting Guangzhou Daily, December 9, 2009