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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Taiwan : Physician, 62, dies of H1N1

Via The China Post :

" TAIPEI, Taiwan : A 62-year-old physician with a history of heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes died last Friday of complications of type A H1N1 influenza, the first doctor in Taiwan to die from the virus.

The doctor, who practiced medicine in the Kaohsiung-Pingtung area, was sent to a medical center June 13 after developing symptoms such as coughing up phlegm. Two days later the patient, who was not vaccinated against either seasonal or the H1N1 flu, was diagnosed with H1N1 influenza.

The attending physician prescribed Tamiflu but the patient did not take the drug, possibly due to concern of its side effects, until it was strongly recommended June 16. That was apparently too late, however, as the patient's condition had worsened and he began to suffer from pulmonary edema the same day.

The patient died June 18 and was the 43th casualty to the H1N1 flu in Taiwan."

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