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  • USA - Texas: Public Health department confirmed H1N1pdm09 outbreak - in Houston area media report of 13 fatalities - Montgomery county health says 2 confirmed H1N1pdm09

    Related? US, Texas: Unidentified Illness (fatal) - 2 died, 1 critical - May 2013

    Mystery illness claims 4 lives in Montgomery County

    <!-- end of belo media div -->by Drew Karedes / KHOU 11 News
    khou.com
    Posted on December 16, 2013 at 10:22 PM
    Updated yesterday at 10:40 PM

    MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas -- 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.

    Sources told KHOU that two of the surviving patients are being treated at Conroe Regional Medical Center and are “very sick”.

    ...
    http://www.khou.com/news/local/Myste...236139491.html
    Last edited by sharon sanders; December 17th, 2013, 08:37 AM. Reason: added link at top
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
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  • #2
    Re: USA - Texas: Media report: Unidentified illness - 4 died out of 8 hospitalized including 2 &quot;very sick&quot;

    This area is about 20 miles north of the city of Houston and is considered to be in the Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan area.




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    • #3
      Re: USA - Texas: Media report: Unidentified illness - 4 died out of 8 hospitalized including 2 &quot;very sick&quot;

      <IFRAME height=360 src="//www.youtube.com/embed/dxojmWm7hnM" frameBorder=0 width=640 allowfullscreen></IFRAME>

      Mystery illness claims 4 lives in Montgomery County
      "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
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      • #4
        Re: USA - Texas: Media report: Unidentified illness - 4 died out of 8 hospitalized including 2 &quot;very sick&quot;

        The reporter in the video in the above post says "sources" mention kidney failure in these patients.
        "May the long time sun
        Shine upon you,
        All love surround you,
        And the pure light within you
        Guide your way on."

        "Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, lies your calling."
        Aristotle

        “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
        Mohandas Gandhi

        Be the light that is within.

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        • #5
          Re: USA - Texas: Media report: Unidentified illness - 4 died out of 8 hospitalized including 2 &quot;very sick&quot;

          I called the Montgomery county health department and left a message with a person there for the public information officer to call me back.
          "May the long time sun
          Shine upon you,
          All love surround you,
          And the pure light within you
          Guide your way on."

          "Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, lies your calling."
          Aristotle

          “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
          Mohandas Gandhi

          Be the light that is within.

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          • #6
            Re: USA - Texas: Media report: Unidentified illness - 4 died out of 8 hospitalized including 2 &quot;very sick&quot;

            The public information officer returned my call:

            1) In "about an hour" a medical officer for Montgomery county will hold a press conference at 1400 S. Loop 336 West, Conroe, Texas.

            2) There will be no news feed so only local media can attend the above briefing.

            3) She is emailing me a press release and I will post it here when I receive it. There is nothing on the department site yet.
            "May the long time sun
            Shine upon you,
            All love surround you,
            And the pure light within you
            Guide your way on."

            "Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, lies your calling."
            Aristotle

            “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
            Mohandas Gandhi

            Be the light that is within.

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            • #7
              Re: USA - Texas: Media report: Unidentified illness - 4 died out of 8 hospitalized including 2 &quot;very sick&quot;

              I have not received the press release yet so I sent some questions that will hopefully be addressed in the press conference due to start soon:

              From: FluTrackers <flutrackers@earthlink.net>
              To: "Nichols,Jennifer" <jnichols@mchd-tx.org>
              Subject: Re: Hi from Sharon Sanders
              Date: Dec 17, 2013 12:38 PM

              Thanks Jennifer!

              Some of our questions:

              1) What diseases/conditions have been ruled out via testing? Is this possibly the new coronavirus commonly referred to as MERS/COV?

              2) What diseases/conditions are being considered?

              3) What are the onset and hospitalization dates for the patients?

              4) Are they in isolation?

              5) Are the patients related or connected in any way?

              6) How many contacts are being screened or monitored?

              7) Is kidney failure a common symptom? What else is common?

              8) Do any of the cases exhibit any hemorrhagic symptoms?
              "May the long time sun
              Shine upon you,
              All love surround you,
              And the pure light within you
              Guide your way on."

              "Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, lies your calling."
              Aristotle

              “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
              Mohandas Gandhi

              Be the light that is within.

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              • #8
                Re: USA - Texas: Media report: Unidentified illness - 4 died out of 8 hospitalized including 2 &quot;very sick&quot;

                Mystery illness kills 4 patients in Montgomery County

                Updated at 11:23 AM today

                HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A mystery illness is going around in Montgomery County, and health officials are trying to figure out what it is, and why four people have died.

                Authorities say that in the 2013 influenza season there have been 1,920 cases of influezna-like illnesses within Montgomery County. Montgomery County Public Health District was alerted to eight severe cases at an area facility. Of the eight cases reported, four patients have died.

                Currently officials say no diagnosis has been made. Those affected are experiencing flu-like symptoms but have tested negative for common flu strains. The patients are at an unnamed area hospital waiting for further lab test results to determine the nature of the illness.
                ...
                http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?se...lth&id=9363452
                "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
                -Nelson Mandela

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                • #9
                  Re: USA - Texas: Media report: Unidentified illness - 4 died out of 8 hospitalized including 2 &quot;very sick&quot;

                  One would hope that they are considering and testing for NCoV. Texas has oil links, and I would expect high footfall to and from the Middle East. It is certainly one possiblity that should be ruled out.

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                  • #10
                    Re: USA - Texas: Media report: Unidentified illness - 4 died out of 8 hospitalized including 2 &quot;very sick&quot;

                    via email


                    Contact: Jennifer Nichols-Contella FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                    Cell: (936) 444-9724 12/17/13
                    Email: jnichols@mchd-tx.org

                    INFLUENZA LIKE ILLNESS ARISES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

                    For the 2013 influenza season there have been 1920 influenza-like-illnesses (ILI) within Montgomery County. Montgomery County Public Health District was alerted of eight cases at an area facility due to the severity of the cases. Of the eight reported, four patients have died.
                    At the moment, no diagnosis has been made. Those affected are experiencing flu-like symptoms but have tested negative for common flu strains. The patients are currently housed at an area hospital awaiting further laboratory test results in an effort to determine the nature of the illness. Montgomery County Public Health District officials are monitoring the situation closely and will provide more information as it arises.
                    It is important to remember that during any influenza season that common infection control practices are the best way to prevent the spread of infection. This includes:
                    • Frequent hand washing with soap and water/hand sanitizer
                    • Coughing or sneezing into a bent elbow to avoid contamination of the hands
                    • Avoiding public places if you have a fever (a temperature of 100.4° f)
                    • Avoid sending sick children to school
                    • Adults should avoid going to work or public places if they have fever or ILI symptoms; if they must go to work or public places, they should wear a mask
                    • If you develop ILI symptoms, you should seek care by a physician because treatment for influenza is most helpful within the first 48 hours of the illness
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                    "May the long time sun
                    Shine upon you,
                    All love surround you,
                    And the pure light within you
                    Guide your way on."

                    "Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, lies your calling."
                    Aristotle

                    “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
                    Mohandas Gandhi

                    Be the light that is within.

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                    • #11
                      Re: USA - Texas: Media report: Unidentified illness - 4 died out of 8 hospitalized including 2 &quot;very sick&quot;

                      We know this from the news reports already.
                      "May the long time sun
                      Shine upon you,
                      All love surround you,
                      And the pure light within you
                      Guide your way on."

                      "Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, lies your calling."
                      Aristotle

                      “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
                      Mohandas Gandhi

                      Be the light that is within.

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Re: USA - Texas: Media report: Unidentified illness - 4 died out of 8 hospitalized including 2 &quot;very sick&quot;

                        Originally posted by sharon sanders View Post
                        I have not received the press release yet so I sent some questions that will hopefully be addressed in the press conference due to start soon:

                        From: FluTrackers <flutrackers@earthlink.net>
                        To: "Nichols,Jennifer" <jnichols@mchd-tx.org>
                        Subject: Re: Hi from Sharon Sanders
                        Date: Dec 17, 2013 12:38 PM

                        Thanks Jennifer!

                        Some of our questions:

                        1) What diseases/conditions have been ruled out via testing? Is this possibly the new coronavirus commonly referred to as MERS/COV?

                        2) What diseases/conditions are being considered?

                        3) What are the onset and hospitalization dates for the patients?

                        4) Are they in isolation?

                        5) Are the patients related or connected in any way?

                        6) How many contacts are being screened or monitored?

                        7) Is kidney failure a common symptom? What else is common?

                        8) Do any of the cases exhibit any hemorrhagic symptoms?


                        From: FluTrackers <flutrackers@earthlink.net>
                        To: Jennifer Nicholls <jnichols@mchd-tx.org>
                        Subject: Re: Hi from Sharon Sanders - A re-submittal of questions regarding unknown ILI illness
                        Date: Dec 17, 2013 2:19 PM

                        Hi please see below for our questions.

                        An added question: 9) Any notable travel history for any of the patients?


                        Thanks!

                        Sharon
                        "May the long time sun
                        Shine upon you,
                        All love surround you,
                        And the pure light within you
                        Guide your way on."

                        "Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, lies your calling."
                        Aristotle

                        “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
                        Mohandas Gandhi

                        Be the light that is within.

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                        • #13
                          Re: USA - Texas: Media report: Unidentified illness - 4 died out of 8 hospitalized including 2 &quot;very sick&quot;

                          We had a scenario like this in Alabama recently. It may be useful to trace back that thread.

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                          • #14
                            Re: USA - Texas: Media report: Unidentified illness - 4 died out of 8 hospitalized including 2 &quot;very sick&quot;

                            Originally posted by Giuseppe Michieli View Post
                            We had a scenario like this in Alabama recently. It may be useful to trace back that thread.
                            See this thread for the Alabama 'cluster': http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/sho...d.php?t=206175

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                            • #15
                              Re: USA - Texas: Media report: Unidentified illness - 4 died out of 8 hospitalized including 2 &quot;very sick&quot;

                              submitted question by a friend of FT:


                              From: FluTrackers <flutrackers@earthlink.net>
                              To: Jennifer Nicholls <jnichols@mchd-tx.org>
                              Subject: Re: Hi from Sharon Sanders - A re-submittal of questions regarding unknown ILI illness + 1 additional question......
                              Date: Dec 17, 2013 2:53 PM

                              10) How many of the cases exhibit neurological symptoms?


                              Thanks!
                              "May the long time sun
                              Shine upon you,
                              All love surround you,
                              And the pure light within you
                              Guide your way on."

                              "Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, lies your calling."
                              Aristotle

                              “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
                              Mohandas Gandhi

                              Be the light that is within.

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