The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that a pregnant woman had died from the pandemic influenza A (H1N1) infection on January 16, 2010. She was the tenth pregnant woman infected with the H1N1 virus and the 38th H1N1-related death in Taiwan. She was a 32-year-old unvaccinated pregnant woman who lived in central Taiwan and was 21 weeks into her pregnancy. She developed influenza-like symptoms on December 31, 2009 and immediately sought medical attention at a hospital. On January 4, 2010, intrauterine fetal death was detected. However, in light of her conditions and the medical treatment she needed, her labor was not induced. On January 15, 2010, she delivered her dead fetus. The next day, she left the hospital against medical advice. Subsequently, she died.
According to the latest H1N1 epidemic surveillance data, as of 10 am on January 19, 2010, a total of 878 hospitalized cases of H1N1 infection have been reported. Of them, 38 have died. 33 of the deaths are people from the high risk groups, including pregnant womn, people with obesity and those who have a history of pulmonary diseases, liver diseases, kidney diseases and diabetes, constituting 87% of the total deaths. According to the data, the high risk groups are prone to complications and deaths once infected with the H1N1 virus. Hence, CECC advised people from the high risk groups to get vaccinated against H1N1 as soon as possible.