This viral infection is thought to have been responsible for the worldwide pandemic that caused an estimated 40 million deaths in 1918 to 1919. During this epidemic, pregnancy was associated with a high mortality rate of over 50% if pneumonia was present. Since this pandemic, reports of swine influenza cases have been rare, with only sporadic case reports of human illness in the United States, Europe, and Russia. There is a case report of a previously healthy pregnant woman who acquired swine influenza while visiting a swine barn at a county fair. The swine were reported to exhibit influenza-like symptoms. The infection resulted in maternal respiratory failure and death, but the infant survived and was asymptomatic. There is no increase in influenza morbidity and mortality among pregnant women during non-pandemic years. Based on the few case reports and historical information from the swine flu pandemic of 1918, pregnant women are advised to avoid contact with swine that exhibit signs of respiratory illness (59).
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