Severe H1N1 Risk may be Higher in Obese Patients.

MMWR reports nine of ten Michigan patients admitted to intensive care with confirmed novel H1N1 influenza were obese (BMI, 30 or above) and seven of those were severely obese (BMI, 40 or above). Three of these died. All ten patients had acute respiratory distress and were placed on mechanical ventilation. The authors warn there may be the potential for severe complications from novel influenza A infection, especially in those who are severely obese.

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