One of Hawke's Bay Hospital's patients symptomatic of the H1N1 virus was last night in a critical condition in the intensive care unit.
Profiled in yesterday's Hawke's Bay Today, the woman in her 50s remained sedated, ventilated and unconscious.
She is one of eight people to be confirmed or suspected to have H1N1 at Hawke's Bay Hospital since the end of February.
In the wake of an H1N1 influx, local medical officials are preparing for what has been called an "early" flu season in Hawke's Bay.
They are encouraging those who show symptoms of the virus to see their physician in an effort to stop an epidemic, similar to 2009.