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Officials with the local office of the state Department of Public Health said Wednesday that one of the two deaths that are part of a recent respiratory illness outbreak could be associated with the H1N1 flu virus. Lesa C. Smith, a registered nurse with state Department of Public Health, also said the number of people admitted to local hospitals during the recent respiratory illness outbreak has increased from seven to nine.
“We can’t say that the person died with H1N1, but we can say it was a death associated with it,”
According to the filing found through the state Department of Health’s website, the state Department of Public Health was first notified of the respiratory illnesses last Thursday after a doctor reported three patients had been hospitalized with a cough, shortness of breath and pneumonia and were on ventilators, all of whom had no known cause for their illnesses.
Co - infection of novel coronavirus with influenza A has also been reported. However, a number of unanswered questions remain, including what the virus reservoir is , how seemingly sporadic infections are being acquired, the mode of transmission between infected persons, the clinical spectrum of infection , and the incubation period.
All confirmed cases have had respiratory disease and most have had pneumonia . However, one immunocompromised patient presented initially with fever and diarrhea and w as only incidentally found to have pneumonia on a radiograph. Half of all confirmed cases have died . Complications during the course of illness have included severe pneumonia with respiratory failure requiring mechanical ventilation , acute respiratory dist ress syndrome (ARDS) with multi - organ failure, renal failure requiring dialysis , consumptive coagulopathy and pericarditis. A number of cases have also had gastrointestinal symptoms including diarrhea during the course of their illness.
EV-71 is a virus that can result in paralysis, brain swelling and death. Most of the Cambodian cases involved children younger than 3 who experienced fever, respiratory problems that led to rapid shutdown and sometimes neurological symptoms.
Epidemiologists are still trying to piece together information about the cases by interviewing parents because some details may have been omitted or missing from medical charts and specimens were not taken from most children before they died, said Dr. Nima Asgari, who is leading the WHO investigation. Of 24 samples tested, 15 came back positive for EV-71.
"As far as I'm aware, EV-71 was not identified as a virus in Cambodia before," Asgari said, adding that based on the information now available it's likely that the majority of untested patients were infected with it.
"We are a bit more confident. We are hoping that we can come up with something a bit more conclusive in the next day or so," he said.
Hand, foot and mouth disease has been raging across Asia and usually causes a telltale rash. Blistering was only reported in some of the Cambodian cases, and it's possible that steroids administered by doctors could have masked the symptom or it may not have been recorded, he said.
The lab results also identified other diseases in some cases, including mosquito-borne dengue fever and Streptococcus suis, a germ commonly seen in pigs that sometimes infects people, often causing meningitis and hearing loss.
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FORT MORGAN, Ala. (WALA) - It's a sight many continue to see: hundreds of fish washing up dead on beaches or just floating in the water from the Eastern Shore to Fort Morgan.-- According to the reports, the fish, redfish with some catfish, have been found dead with no obvious signs of trauma. Officials said there have only been a few reported cases of disabled fish being seen.
Originally posted by bastiean
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Russia issues - EXTREME DANGER - warning as Alabama toll rises.
Originally posted by wutz4tom
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I really wish I could contribute something more to this unsettling story beyond the obvious sadness I feel for the families...One Thing...
** I have myself experienced something odd. In the last week I've seen people apparently loosing their balance.
These are healthy working age adults just all of a sudden stray off against a wall or another person.What creeped me was that it happened to me and shortly after I noticed others??
It was enough for me to consider the recent solar activity as a possible explanation?or worse yet I hope we are not being evicted from the planet??perhaps using disease,weather manipulation..
Sorry OP,didn't mean to take anything away from this important thread..Thanks for the post.
tomedit on 22-5-2013 by wutz4tom because: rushed and careless
Originally posted by phantomjackObama needed yet more of a smoke screen to divert from IRS, Benghazi, Fast n Furious, AP, Foxnews, and every other scandal he has going on right now.
Obama: "Hey, CDC? Need your help."
CDC: "Yes Mr. President"