HOUSTON – Health officials say there have been six confirmed deaths from H1N1 in the Houston area recently. That includes the four deaths at Conroe Regional Medical Center.
At least 14 people have become critically ill in Harris, Montgomery and Jefferson counties, including the four patients at Conroe Regional Medical Center.
This is the same strain of H1N1 that caused a pandemic in 2009. Doctors have been seeing hundreds of new cases recently in Texas and nationwide. In fact, H1N1 is one of the viruses included in this year’s flu shot.
Health officials from all over the region spent Thursday afternoon in a conference call comparing notes about all the cases. They suspect that all of the cases at the Conroe Regional Medical Center are H1N1,
Residents on edge after Montgomery Co. flu deaths
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Multiple deaths in Montgomery County have caused concern across the area that a deadly flu strain could be to blame.
There are flu patients in almost every hospital. Texas Children's Hospital, for example, has six children with confirmed flu. Their infectious disease doctor calls it a normal flu season. But you can keep your family out of the hospital.
In Houston, 1,300 people have gone to hospital ERs with flu-like symptoms. Eighty-seven percent of those who did have the flu had swine flu, also called H1N1.
In Montgomery County two cases of swine flu had been confirmed. Nine people who had severe flu symptoms are having their lab tests repeated by the CDC.
Donna Kinser wonders if her husband might have died of the flu. Greg Kinser had heart bypass surgery at Conroe regional Medical Center and was getting better. But then he got very sick.
"I'd just like to know," said Donna. "I know it won't bring him back, but I don't understand how he got so bad so fast."
Texas has more flu cases than almost every other state. Experts at Baylor's Influenza Center say the flu season hasn't peaked yet and it's not too late to get a flu shot.
My younger bro caught H1N1 during the outbreak.
So anyway, long story short, he got it, we freaked out, he was taken into the hospital, they solved the problem with a take home medicine.
We were all living in the same house, no one caught the virus besides him.
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My thread was only about the "mystery flu like illness". Not the H1N1 outbreak.
No reason to disregard your thread now that they have identified the illness. No more mystery. lol
I think it's pretty messed up that it was not identified sooner if this is in fact the same bug. You would think that H1N1 would be one of the first things they look for.
edit on 12/20/2013 by Neysa because: errr
Is the current flu shot (vaccine) a live virus vaccine or a killed/attenuated vaccine?
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I worry more about catching that antibiotic resistant flesh eating crap you catch in the hospital than H1N1. I'll have to be bleeding from my eyes to go to the hospital.
The Spanish flu, also known as la grippe, La Gripe Española, or La Pesadilla, was an unusually severe and deadly strain of avian influenza, a viral infectious disease, that killed some 50 to 100 million people worldwide over about a year in 1918 and 1919.
... the MCHD said further tests now show that two of the survivors were infected with the 2009 H1N1 virus and that further tests were under way to pinpoint the cause of the other infections.
This IS NOT the Spanish Flu. Seriously people. Get a grip. I like to be alert and informed but that is some serious fear mongering.
Heck, we don't even know for sure if the culprit here is H1N1. Although I'd almost rather it is because then we have seen it before, and we do know it is only the flu albeit a nasty one.
HOUSTON – Health officials say there have been six confirmed deaths from H1N1 in the Houston area recently.
Mystery surrounds flu-like illness that has killed 4
Doctors hoping tests will offer clues in recent fatalities
Dathany Reed had flu-like symptoms when he was admitted in late November to Conroe Regional Medical Center. Hours later, he was on life support.
And to this day, his death remains a mystery.
So do six other recent cases at the hospital in Montgomery County, including three additional deaths. All had flu-like symptoms. And on Wednesday, doctors said an eighth patient with similar symptoms was diagnosed with what was once known as swine flu but categorized as H1N1. This variation of the strain first appeared in 2009.
When Dathany Reed was taken to Conroe Regional Medical Center, his mother said, doctors found his lungs filling with blood and his organs disintegrating. (Sidebar picture caption)