posted on May, 15 2013 @ 12:57 PM
reply to post by tinker9917
I was watching a documentary about the Flu epidemic of 1918 last night and it metions that most of the victims were teenagers or young adults which is
odd for a flu. Could it be something like flu? Maybe with complications arising afterward when immunity is low?
I found this information on swine flu from webmd and they say it can cause seizures in children. Im not sure if this includes teenagers or not.
Like seasonal flu, pandemic swine flu can cause neurologic symptoms in children. These events are rare, but, as cases associated with seasonal flu
have shown, they can be very severe and often fatal. Symptoms include seizures or changes in mental status (confusion or sudden cognitive or
behavioral changes). It's not clear why these symptoms occur, although they may be caused by Reye's syndrome. Reye's syndrome usually occurs in
children with a viral illness who have taken aspirin -- something that should always be avoided.
I looked into Reye's dsyndrom as mentioned in the WebMD quote and came across this little snippit...
In Reye's syndrome, a child's blood sugar level typically drops while the levels of ammonia and acidity in his or her blood rise. At the same time,
the liver may swell and develop fatty deposits. Swelling may also occur in the brain, which can cause seizures, convulsions or loss of consciousness.
The signs and symptoms of Reye's syndrome typically appear about three to five days after a viral infection, such as the flu (influenza) or
chickenpox, or an upper respiratory infection, such as a cold.
Seems quite plausable to me.