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LUSBY, Md. — Health officials in Calvert County and Maryland say three members of a family have died from respiratory illnesses. A fourth relative was sickened and remains hospitalized.
Officials say an 81-year-old woman became sick at home around Feb. 23. Authorities say her son and two daughters cared for her at home, and five days later developed similar upper respiratory symptoms.
The elderly woman, her 58-year-old son and 56-year-old daughter died. The fourth family member, who was not identified, is still hospitalized.
Testing is being conducted by the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Laboratories Administration. Two of the fatal cases had influenza, preliminary testing has shown, and these cases may have been complicated by bacterial co-infections, which is a complication of influenza infection, the state health department said Tuesday.
No other similar clusters have been reported, according to DHMH.
The illnesses in these family members began with an 81-year-old Lusby woman who developed respiratory symptoms at her home beginning on or about February 23, 2012. She was cared for at home by three of her children, a son and two daughters. The caregivers developed similar respiratory symptoms on or about February 28, 2012. The mother died at home on March 1, 2012. Following her death the three children were hospitalized. Subsequently the 58-year-old son and a 56-year-old daughter died
Calvert County Health Department (CCHD) is aware of a cluster of severe respiratory illnesses in five (Lusby area), including four members of a Calvert County family, residing approximately a mile south of the power plant. All five were hospitalized over the last two weeks. Four of the five have died of their illnesses
Originally posted by thorfourwinds
The USGOV/CDC will immediately come out with "isolated case" and nothing to see here.
We'll look into "similar" isolated cases and get back to you.
You may be on to something here... trolls and disinfo agents, let's hear from your side.
Chinese Military Hospital in Lockdown Over Suspected SARS Cases
By Ming Chen
Epoch Times Staff
A Hong Kong newspaper has reported that several hundred soldiers with high fevers and other SARS-like symptoms are allegedly being kept in isolation wards at a military hospital in Boading City in northeastern China’s Hebei Province. Local authorities have denied a SARS outbreak, but Chinese netizens are worried that, just as with the 2003 outbreak of SARS, the authorities are covering up a potential epidemic.
Reporters from Hong Kong’s Apple Daily went to the PLA 252 Hospital in Baoding on Feb. 24, where 300 soldiers are allegedly being isolated, with two said to have died. Three nearby hospitals were said to also have patients who exhibit SARS-like symptoms.
Southern Maryland News Net contacted the Calvert County Health Department by phone for clarification and was told that the Health Department has been inundated with inquiries about the unknown, but serious disease. The spokesperson would only confirm the information in the press release and stated that the situation is under active investigation at this time. Dr. David L. Rogers, MD, MPH was unavailable for comment at the time of the call.
Whenever I read about things like this I cannot help but think that these germs are cooked up in a government lab, because this typically doesn't happen on its own. Conveniently, Ft. Detrick, Maryland, is home to the U.S. Government's biological weapons research and testing facility: en.wikipedia.org...
As if record warm temperatures and an extraordinary lack of snow isn't enough to make this winter seem strange, throw a bizarre flu season into the mix!
A few weeks ago we told you we were experiencing the slowest start to flu season in three decades, according to government officials. Now, as spring allergy and severe weather season begin, we're seeing widespread flu outbreaks from coast to coast! Text
Pneumonia is also a possibility, as is Legionnaires’ disease. “Legionnaires’ could cluster, and that would implicate perhaps something about this home environment,” Schaffner added. “Bacteria like moisture, so there would need to be an investigation of the heating and air conditioning systems.” There could also be other environmental causes, such as a toxin, or even carbon monoxide poisoning. Dr. Gio Baracco, associate professor of infectious diseases at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, speculated, based on the very limited amount of information available, that the cause is non-infectious and could be something envirnonmental. “The reason is that for most infections, transmission rate is not 100 percent and the fatality rate is not 100 percent,” he said. If the woman’s hospitalized daughter dies, the case fatality rate will be 100 percent, he explained. “The fact that they’re in the same household and they’re not seeing the same thing going on in the community is unusual,” he added. An earlier press release from the health department said the woman’s home is about a mile away from a power plant, but there has been no link between their proximity to the plant and the illness cluster. The health department recommends that people regularly wash their hands and limit contact with anyone who is sick. They also urge anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms to seek medical attention.