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A Dearborn County teenager who died Sunday in a Cincinnati hospital is Indiana's first fatality from the H1N1 flu virus, health officials said Friday.
Matthew McIntosh, 19, is the second person to die in Ohio of the virus and the first in the Cincinnati area, Hamilton (Ohio) County Coroner O'Dell Owens said. An autopsy revealed no underlying health problems, he said.
""This is July. It's hot and humid, and we have a circulating influenza virus," she said. "That is unusual."
From the beginning, McIntosh's case was unusual. McIntosh passed out in a barn. Doctors thought something in the barn was to blame.
"Normally a swine flu case would not be a coroner's case," Owens said.
McIntosh's older sister also fell ill around the same time, as did his father and a friend, Owens said. His sister, who has tested negative for the virus, remains in intensive care. Both the friend and the father are recovering.
On Friday, McIntosh's H1N1 swab came back positive, solving the mystery.
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Mysterious Death of Local Musician Investigated
The Indiana family struck by a fatal medical mystery is thanking everyone for their prayers and asking them to stay calm. The Mcintosh family says doctors still don't know what killed 19-year-old Matt Mcintosh and has his sister Mindy in critical condition.
Local 12's Joe Webb spoke with Matt and Mindy Mcintosh's mother today.
She says they are still waiting for Matt's autopsy report for answers. They are sad and confused, but not scared.
"I don't want people to be scared. I don't know why they're scared. I'm not sick."
That's the message Katrina Mcintosh wants to send out to neighbors and friends. She says she's proof whatever killed her son, Matt, and has her daughter, Mindy, in intensive care must not be contagious, even though doctors are still baffled by it.
Matt, known as "Skinny" died Sunday after first feeling ill two weeks ago. Mindy has been at University Hospital a week with the same symptoms... pneumonia and kidney failure. The two lived with their parents in rural Dearborn County, Indiana.
The family is trying to nail down everything the two did together before they got sick.
Katrina Mcintosh, Mother: "It's like trying to put together a puzzle that you don't have a box for and you're not sure if every piece belongs to that puzzle."
Matt is the drummer in the local band "Strange on Display." A neighbor says he became very sick during a performance more than a week ago and called his mother.
Pay Cummins, Neighbor: "She came and got him and when he got home he was coughing, but he was coughing up blood."
Matt Mcintosh is now dead. His sister is in a critical care unit, and another band member, Kristine Spielmann is also at University Hospital. She has been in isolation and under observation since Sunday with flu-like symptoms.
Don Crouse says it doesn't appear Spielmann has the same ailment, but is being checked out because of contact with Mcintoshes.
The Mcintoshes live in rural Dearborn County, near Moores Hill. Initial calls to Local 12 claimed they got sick after cleaning an outbuilding, a shed or barn and getting into some mold or dust. The hospital is taken a broad treatment approach.
"It's being treated as either viral, bacterial or fungal. We don't really have any clue as to what we're dealing with, yet."
The hospital has sent cultures for tests. A lot of people are anxious for answers.
"It's puzzling. And it's scary because we live so close."
Dr. Rhonda Medows, DCH Commissioner and Acting Public Health Director reports the swine flu (H1NI) has claimed its first victim in Georgia. A 43 year old woman from CobbCounty has reportedly died from both the flu and other health conditions. Condolences and sympathy are extended to this grieving family. May we never forget that statistics are not the individual people who make up those numbers – but real people and families who are involved. For encouragement in grieving, you may find solace in going to Grief/Share for understanding from others who have grieved.
Jul 11, 2009 (The Honolulu Advertiser - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- A second person in Hawai'i who tested positive for the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, has died, a state health spokeswoman said yesterday.
However, it was not known what role swine flu played in the person's death, and if the person had other contributing health conditions.
"We did receive a laboratory confirmation today on an individual who was hospitalized and died, and that person was positive for H1N1," Department of Health spokeswoman Janice Okubo said yesterday.
"We're still waiting to get the data and background on the case. We likely will not have any details or further information until Monday." In the earlier case, a woman in her late 60s who died at Tripler Army Medical Center on June 19 also had swine flu, officials have said.