Pregnant woman in S. Korea dies after H1N1 infectionA pregnant woman in South Korea suffering from the H1N1 virus infection has died, marking the first case here of the disease claiming the lives of a mother and her unborn baby, provincial officials said Thursday.
The 31-year-old ethnic Korean from China died along with her baby from pneumonia and acute respiratory failure on Jan. 21 after suffering from the new flu for about a month, said the officials at the South Jeolla provincial government, located in Muan, southwestern part of the nation.
Her infection was confirmed on Dec. 28 after she returned from a 10-day trip to China.
The woman only identified by her surname, Kim, belonged to the "high risk" population group vulnerable to the flu infection as she was 30 weeks pregnant and also suffering from diabetes, the officials said, citing test results conducted by the Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
She came to Korea after getting married to a Korean man in June 2008, they added. [Yonhap]