Officials with the Montgomery County Health Department are on a mission to find out more about a mystery flu-like illness. So far, half of the people who have come down with it have died. According to the health department, all of the patients have had flu-like and/or pneumonia like symptoms. However, all of them have tested negative for the flu.
There have been eight confirmed patients ranging in age from 41 to 68. Four of those patients have died.
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Anyway, don't be so sure that humans will be the cause of their own demise. There are plenty of natural occurrences that could take us out first.
Dr. Ibrahim is Montgomery County's top epidemiologist. He said doctors ran 30 tests on the teens, including checks for rabies and meningitis. All tests came back with negative results, so health experts still have no idea what any of the teens came down with.
I was ran this story through ATS search to make sure that it hadn't been posted and came across this thread *Urgent* - 'Mysterious Respiratory illness' in the United States by iunlimited491 .
Looks like this has happened before in the same county. The last time it was teenagers. Normally I wouldn't have been bothered but this bug, whatever it is, is particularly nasty.
CONROE, Texas – The investigation into a mysterious illness in Montgomery County is expanding as other hospitals and doctors report similar cases. The new case files are being reviewed for similarity to the eight at Conroe Regional Medical Center that prompted a Montgomery County Health Department investigation.
Four of those eight patients died and two are still fighting for their lives. "We don’t currently have a diagnosis for what has caused those illnesses," Montgomery County Medical Director Dr. Mark Escott said.
“It doesn’t make sense,” said Odessa Reed. “How can you talk to a person one day, and they say, I’m not feeling good, and the next day, that person is on life support.”
Dathany is one of four patients to have died after contracting the mystery illness.
Doctors say all of the patients have had flu-like and/or pneumonia-like symptoms but have tested negative for standard strains of the flu.
Dathany’s 41st birthday came and went on November 30 while his kidneys and other organs deteriorated.
The illness has affected people in age range from 41 to 68, and doctors say the sickness appears to be causing kidney failure. Doctors are being advised to use extra precaution to prevent spreading.
On Wednesday, tests showed that one of the four people still hospitalized has the swine flu, also known as H1N1. Two others who are hospitalized have tested negative for flu. More tests results on the other patients are expected back in the next couple of days.
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The first case of mystery illness sickened three teenagers, about 17yrs old... and this one has sickened only middle aged adults, 41 to 68yrs old... They appear to have had similar symptoms, but the range in ages is definitely what stands out.