Unborn Baby's Death Tied to Swine Flu, Mom Critical

An unborn child in Australia has died and the mother is fighting for her life after being struck by swine flu.

Health officials said the woman, 19, was transferred from Palm Island to Townsville Hospital on Saturday.

The mother remained in a critical condition in intensive care Tuesday, the Townsville Bulletin reports.

The woman reportedly carried her child to 36 weeks before the baby died. It is only the second swine flu-related death in Queensland, Australia after a 38-year-old woman died at Brisbane's Mater Public Hospital last week.

It is also believed to be the first swine flu-related death of a baby in Australia.

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Last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to swine flu and will likely be recommended to get immunized once a vaccination is ready.

At the time, the CDC warned Americans not to turn a blind eye to the rapidly spreading virus.

“Complacency is a major concern,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, director for National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the CDC.

“This virus is a new one, and on top of that, we really still don’t know how it’s going to behave,” Schuchat said during a media conference call Friday.

Click here to read more from the CDC.

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