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Two pregnant women die from flu in Wisconsin

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin has recorded its first two deaths from this winter's flu.

In a weekly update to public health professionals, Jonathan Temte of UW-Madison reported that a pregnant woman died from the flu -- and another woman died after giving birth recently. He said both women did not get vaccinated.

Their names and hometowns were not released, but officials in Milwaukee said the deaths did not occur in Milwaukee County -- where about a quarter of the state's flu hospitalizations have taken place.  

Paul Biedrzycki of the Milwaukee city health department said the deaths should serve as a reminder for pregnant women to get the flu vaccine.  

The H1N1 swine flu is the prevalent strain this winter, and Biedrzycki expects the disease to reach its peak in Milwaukee in the next week or so.  He said 185 people in the state's largest city have been hospitalized with the flu -- 22 percent of the statewide total. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)