Two Pregnant Women In N.C. Die Of Swine Flu

Health officials in North Carolina say two pregnant women were among five people who died of pandemic H1N1 flu or similar symptoms in one week.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services would not say where the women lived. All five died during the week of Oct. 25.

Through Sept. 26, North Carolina reported only deaths and hospitalizations attributed to H1N1. On Sept. 27, the state expanded its reporting to cover hospitalizations and deaths attributed to any influenza-like illnesses.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that the change was ordered by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Twelve deaths through Sept. 26, were attributed to laboratory-confirmed H1N1 virus. Since Sept. 27, the state says 32 North Carolinians have died from influenza-related viruses, including H1N1.

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  • by KW Location: Beulaville on Nov 11, 2009 at 12:34 AM
    I never knew people could die from eating pork chops or bacon. This shows how much the media cares about our state. I agree with many comments in regards that the media does not care about one of the biggest industries in our state. Thank you WITN for helping the government in showing us that pork chops kill. I always thought you supported our state, especially since many counties in eastern NC are some of the largest pork producers in the Nation. Good Job. Everyone get your shots so you can eat more pork.
  • by Sam Location: Onslow County on Nov 10, 2009 at 04:47 PM
    Why has this station chosen to put up a picture of a pig on a story about swine flu? There is another story on their site about a large hog farm filing for bankruptcy after the price of pork has fallen exponentially after this outbreak of swine flu. Just another media outlet perpetuating fear and hurting the local economy and local farmers.
  • by CH Location: Greenville on Nov 10, 2009 at 02:07 PM
    To Anonymous on Nov 10, 2009 at 03:05 PM: I agree with you on this. Government is trying to scare people into getting the vaccine so they can have total control over us. Research what they are doing and do the research on the vaccine H1N1. And if these pregnant women recieved the vaccine, it won't be too much longer and other pregnant women will die as well. It is the vaccine that should not be trusted bbeing it is from the government. Anything from the government should not be trusted. It is all part of Neew World Order. Do the research on it and you will be surprised. God bless us all and have mercy on the ones that do not believe.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Nov 10, 2009 at 01:29 PM
    Pardon my typo... five people.. two were pregnant.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Nov 10, 2009 at 01:27 PM
    First post, anon... you're wondering if they had received the vaccine. Being given the vaccine, for anyone who doesnt know this, is not a guarantee that you will not become ill. If u were already exposed and didnt know it, or are exposed soon after the vaccination, you can still contract the virus. To K, re having a right to know where they died... why? Two people who died of H1N1 arent the only ones you could be at risk from. In fact, Im willing to bet we've ALL already been exposed to it unaware. In my case I know I was because someone I saw recently at length turned out to have just that. I didnt contract it (& I dont do flu shots). Not everyone catches it. Not everyone becomes critically ill. Some do, and it's impossible to predict. Just continue to take care of your health, wash your hands, don't touch your face if u havent, dont cough or sneeze on other people, and remind them to do the same courtesy. That's about all we can do.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2009 at 12:05 PM
    That is what the government and government run media are tying to do is scare people, that way they have more control over the people. I would be more afraid of what the government has ordered put in the vaccine.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Nov 10, 2009 at 11:09 AM
    Yes, it does matter where it happened, and if they had other compromising factors. The public DOES have a right to know. If there is going to be 'wide spread panic', at least give us some deciding factors.
  • by ? Location: greenville on Nov 10, 2009 at 06:29 AM
    reread the first sentence. They don't even know for sure if they had h1n1. Fear mongering at its best.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2009 at 05:16 AM
    So no one has died of anything but H1N1 including children and prenant women? No other viruses or illness has caused any other deaths in great numbers? H1N1 yes it caused death it is sad, but other things cause death, but it has gotten so that they no longer matter.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2009 at 05:14 AM
    Some of these deaths are caused by an immune system that is already compromised..not by H1N1 but, HIV, hepatitis, pneumonia..etc. H1N1 just finishes them off and then they call it death by swine flu.
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