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Costa Rica's flu death toll rises to 5

The death of a woman expecting twins pushed Costa Rica´s number of influenza A(H1N1)-related deaths up to five on Saturday.

Twenty-five-year-old Juana Bodán was five months pregnant when she died Saturday, the daily La Nación reported Sunday. The fetuses died a few hours before Bodán´s death.

“She received all the medical attention … in the hospital, but her pregnancy and obesity are risk factors that really complicate the condition of a patient with this virus,” María Luisa Avila told La Nación.

Costa Rica has reported more than 270 cases of A(H1N1), according to the World Health Organization, although most of the cases have not been severe.

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