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Pregnancy and H1N1 influenza: lessons to learn

J Moodley, L Blumberg, B D Schoub

Abstract


Pregnancy, with or without additional complications, constitutes a high-risk condition for complications of influenza infection and warrants early intervention with neuraminidase inhibitors such as oseltamivir, if influenza is suspected. Treatment should not be delayed for laboratory confirmation. In South Africa, the high burden of HIV infection is a further complication.

Authors' affiliations

J Moodley, Women's Health and HIV Research Group, University of KwaZulu-Natal

L Blumberg, National Institute for Communicable diseases, National Health Laboratory Service.

B D Schoub, National Institute for Communicable diseases, National Health Laboratory Service.

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Keywords

H1N1, pregnancy, HIV

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2011;101(10):744.

Article History

Date submitted: 2011-01-19
Date published: 2011-09-27

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