Mysterious Illness in Conroe Results in Four Deaths

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Mysterious Illness in Conroe Results in Four Deaths

Published on December 19, 2013 by Larry Crippen

According to Montgomery County Health officials, one of the eight people being treated for what’s been called “a mysterious illness” at Conroe Regional Medical Center has tested positive for H1N1.

In 2009, an identical strain of H1N1 resulted in a pandemic. It is also included in the current flu shot.

The patient with H1N1 still survives. Two of the patients had negative test results for H1N1. One patient’s results remains pending.

In Conroe, the other four people treated for the so-called “mystery illness” have died. Initially, all four tested negative for flu. Their condition began with flu-like symptoms, eventually turned into pneumonia, and finally, in some, resulted in organ failure.

Montgomery County’s Medical Director Dr. Mark Escott has told the media that they are retesting those who tested negative. The resulting samples will be sent to the state and to CDC for testing.

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