According to news reports the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) confirmed the deaths of two more people.

A 38 year old pregnant woman who was being treated for tuberculosis died from the flu at Dora Nginza hospital in Port Elizabeth.

The woman is the third pregnant women to have died of the virus as two women were reported by the institute to have died – a 27 year old woman from Eastern Cape who had diabetes and a 23 year old woman from KZN.  

On Thursday 21 year old Annique Pretorius of Pretoria was confirmed the first swine flu death in Gauteng.

Two days ago the National Department of Health announced the start of a swine flu hotline aimed at addressing public concerns around the virus.

Fidel Hadebe spokesperson for the Department of Health said the hotline would be operated by trained officials with support from a second line made up of experts from the department.

He said the health department’€™s dedicated e-mail address was also accessible for the public to submit questions and request information on the virus.

For swine flu questions contact: 0861 DOH CDC or 0861 364-232.

e-mail: H1N1@health.gov.za

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