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Apr 20, 2010 5:17 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Flu drugs saved many pregnant swine flu victims

The most complete analysis of swine flu deaths among pregnant women last year indicates that quick treatment with Tamiflu or a similar medicine saved the lives of many.

Government researchers reported that 56 pregnant women died from the new flu last year. Their research confirms that expectant mothers are especially vulnerable to the new H1N1 virus. They also show that only one of the women who died was given flu medication in the first two days of illness.

Doctors said that shows that the drugs are very effective at helping expectant mothers survive. The research will appear in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association.

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