Pregnant mother hospitalised following swine flu outbreak in Ireland
A mother-to-be is one of two people who have been hospitalised after contracting the potentially deadly swine flu virus.
Today’s Irish Sun reports that the condition of the young woman is of concern to both medical staff and her family.
A source told the paper that the young mother had responded well to treatment, which saw her transferred from the intensive care unit at Wexford General Hospital.
She has contracted a certain strain of the H1N1 flu which has proven volatile and possibly deadly in the past, though her condition is not thought to be life threatening.
A spokesman for Ireland East Hospital Group confirmed an outbreak of the virus in the region.
He stated: “A number of patients have presented at Wexford General Hospital with influenza-like ilnness.
“H1N1 is one of the strains of influenza circulating this year.
“Wexford General has two patients hospitalised with the H1N1 strain.
“Most people with this flu will not require inpatient care. The hospital is following the national guidelines from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre which can be accessed at www.hspc.ie.”
In 2014, two Cork hospitals endured an outbreak of the virus.
The H1N1 strain of the flu virus has been labelled ‘swine flu’ as it was first detected in pigs, and it was responsible for 2009’s global flu pandemic.