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Mystery illness kills 4 patients in Montgomery County (Texas)
« on: December 17, 2013, 09:44:36 PM »
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A mystery illness is going around in Montgomery County, and health officials are trying to figure out what it is, and why four people have died.

 Eight people were treated at Conroe Regional Medical Center for flu-like symptoms in a two to three week period. Four of them died, and the other four are still very ill in the hospital. It's this cluster that has Montgomery County health officials worried.

Dr. Mark Escott, Medical Director for the Montgomery County Hospital District, said, "Their symptoms are influenza-like  fever, cough, sore throat ,nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. "

The patients ages were 40-65 and some had underlying health problems. Experts haven't ruled out the flu but are awaiting results of another test. Then it may be other seasonal illnesses.

Dr. Hana El-Sahly, with the Baylor Influenza Center, explained, "There are other viruses that can cause flu-like symptoms during the season, like adenovirus , RSV , and para-influenza can give similar symptoms."

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/health&id=9363452

Other stories say they have ruled out any known strain of the flu, and have absolutely no clue what is making people sick and killing them.  Those who have died have exhibited the symptoms of a cytokine storm, which is what usually kills in pandemics such as the 1918 flu or to a lesser degree, SARS and the 2009 "swine" flu.  There are reports of others dying under similar circumstances in nearby areas.

So far, the local health departments are just blithering.  Calls to ask for help from the CDC have been rejected.
« Last Edit: December 17, 2013, 11:04:05 PM by Atomic Cow »
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Re: Mystery illness kills 4 patients in Montgomery County (Texas)
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2013, 10:36:04 PM »
"...And these atomic bombs which science burst upon the world that night were strange, even to the men who used them."  H. G. Wells, The World Set Free, 1914

"The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority, or rather of that party, not always the majority, that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections." -Lord Acton


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