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  • USA - 3 familial deaths, 2 hospitalized due to respiratory illness confirmed by Calvert County Health Dept Maryland - 4 test positive for Seasonal Influenza H3N2

    hat tip CarolSC at FluWiki

    The health department of Calvert county in Maryland is investigating the deaths of 4 people in a family who all died after presenting with influenza symptoms. It is reported that they suffered from severe respiratory illness.

    http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/lo...141560013.html

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    Re: USA - 4 familial deaths reportedly due to a respiratory illness in Calvert county Maryland

    hat tip Michael Coston

    PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    CALVERT COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

    DAVID L. ROGERS, MD MPH HEALTH OFFICER

    CONTACT INFORMATION: 410-535-5400

    March 6, 2012

    This is a case of an elderly woman living in a rural setting in the Lusby area. She became sick on or about February 23, 2012, with upper respiratory symptoms, at her home. She was cared for at home by three of her children, a son and two daughters. They developed similar upper respiratory symptoms on or about February 28, 2012. They were all hospitalized and became critically ill and two have subsequently died. One caregiver is currently at the Washington Hospital Center. This appears to be confined to a single family and there is no reason to believe, at this time, that others have been infected with this illness.

    http://www.calverthealth.org/index.htm

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    • #3
      Re: USA - 4 familial deaths reportedly due to a respiratory illness in Calvert county Maryland

      Source: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2012/03...oms-73419.html

      Calvert County deaths linked to flu-like symptoms
      March 6, 2012 - 10:12 am

      Health officials are urging people with flu-like symptoms to consult a doctor after four people in the Lusby area with severe respiratory illnesses died.

      The Calvert County Health Department says a total of five people – including a Calvert County family of four - have been hospitalized with the illness in recent weeks. The family lived about a mile south of a power plant...

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        Re: USA - 3 familial deaths, 1 hospitalized due to respiratory illness confirmed by Calvert County Health Dept Maryland

        I just called the health dept and the secretary told me that 3 total have died - the elderly lady and 2 of her children.

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          Re: USA - 3 familial deaths, 1 hospitalized due to respiratory illness confirmed by Calvert County Health Dept Maryland

          Source: http://www.somdnews.com/article/2012...uthernMaryland

          Tuesday, Mar. 06, 2012
          Lusby family members die from respiratory illness
          Cause of illness “has not been completely confirmed”
          by KATIE FITZPATRICK, Staff writer


          Three members of a Lusby family have died from a severe respiratory illness, according to the Calvert County Health Department...

          ...Calvert County Public Schools sent out a press release that states the health and safety of the students and their families is CCPS’s primary concern. The school system is in close contact with the health department to stay aware of the situation. CCPS has not been advised by the health department to take any specific precautionary measures, the press release states.

          The issue was also discussed at Tuesday morning’s Calvert County Board of County Commissioners’ meeting. In a handout given to those present at the meeting, commissioners said county fire rescue and EMS staff will remain diligent about using appropriate precautions in the care of patients with respiratory symptoms. The commissioners said the Criminal Investigative Team from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office will be investigating the case and a Hazardous Materials team will conduct a follow-up investigation at the family’s home....

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            Re: USA - 3 familial deaths, 1 hospitalized due to respiratory illness confirmed by Calvert County Health Dept Maryland

            From the article in post #1:

            According to the health department, the 81-year-old died presented symptoms of respiratory illness on February 23, and died on March 1. The children showed symptoms around February 28, and were hospitalized in critical condition. Several days later, the 58-year-old son and the 56-year-old daughter died, and the third daughter remains hospitalized.

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              Re: USA - 4 familial deaths reportedly due to a respiratory illness in Calvert county Maryland

              This report states that five have been hospitalized with the illness. Is there any indication whether the 5th person was in contact with the family?
              Originally posted by Shiloh View Post
              The Calvert County Health Department says a total of five people – including a Calvert County family of four - have been hospitalized with the illness in recent weeks. The family lived about a mile south of a power plant...
              "I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much." - Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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                Re: USA - 3 familial deaths, 1 hospitalized due to respiratory illness confirmed by Calvert County Health Dept Maryland

                Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/nation...DvR_story.html

                Three dead from cluster of respiratory illnesses in Calvert County, Md.
                By Lena H. Sun, Tuesday, March 6, 3:32 PM


                ...Maryland’s Office of Chief Medical Examiner is working to determine the cause of the illness, officials said.

                In an interview, Medical Examiner David Fowler said Calvert County health officials contacted his office Monday seeking assistance. One of the bodies was being transported to Baltimore Tuesday for an autopsy, he said. He did not know which victim it was. At least one of the other bodies had already been embalmed and buried, local officials told him.

                Local officials do not have a working hypothesis as to what caused the deaths, he said. Calvert County health officials did not return telephone calls for comment.

                The medical examiner’s office will examine the respiratory organs in detail, Fowler said, and conduct blood cultures for bacteria and viruses. Even if the autopsy shows pneumonia, for example, “that won’t tell you what organism caused it,” he said...

                ...Tom Skinner, a spokesman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said federal officials have had initial conversations with local health officials and have offered to assist. “There are plans to try to send some [lab] samples to CDC for us to take a look at...”

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                  Re: USA - 3 familial deaths, 1 hospitalized due to respiratory illness confirmed by Calvert County Health Dept Maryland

                  Thanks everyone!

                  At this point we do not know what this is. We have published the information here in our seasonal flu forum because the initial reports were a flu like illness.

                  We advise that people use at least 2 sources for their public health news. In events like this rumours run rampant.

                  And of course, in a case of an infectious disease outbreak there are steps that people can take to prevent illness. Some are:

                  1. Consult your health practitioner about a flu and/or pneumonia shot.
                  2. Wash your hands frequently throughout the day.
                  3. Stay a few feet away from people in crowded areas.
                  4. Stay home when you are sick.
                  5. Keep sick people in your home away from healthy people.
                  6. Sanitize door knobs, toilet handles, refrigerator handles etc. frequently.
                  7. Listen to your local public health officials for updates.
                  8. Contact your local school officials for updates.

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                    Re: USA - 3 familial deaths, 1 hospitalized due to respiratory illness confirmed by Calvert County Health Dept Maryland

                    http://www.washingtonpost.com/nation...DvR_story.html

                    Three dead from cluster of respiratory illnesses in Calvert County

                    By Lena H. Sun, Tuesday, March 6, 3:32 PM

                    Maryland and Calvert County health officials are investigating a cluster of respiratory illnesses that have resulted in the deaths of three individuals from the same family, officials said Tuesday.

                    The cases appear to be confined to a single family from the Lusby area, and county health officials issued a news release Tuesday saying there are currently no other affected individuals. The department is not recommending any protective actions for the general public, the statement said...

                    ...more at link
                    "I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much." - Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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                    • #11
                      Re: USA - 3 familial deaths, 1 hospitalized due to respiratory illness confirmed by Calvert County Health Dept Maryland

                      Source: http://www.wtop.com/?nid=93&sid=2775008

                      Cluster of respiratory-related deaths under investigation in Md.
                      Tuesday - 3/6/2012, 4:51pm ET

                      UPDATE:

                      Washington Hospital Center reports the son and daughter who died in the hospital had Influenza A.

                      Officials do not yet know what the 81-year-old mother died of.


                      The health of the other daughter (and fourth victim) is improving, hospital officials say...

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                        Re: Discussion - Re: USA - 3 familial deaths, 1 hospitalized due to respiratory illness confirmed by Calvert County Health Dept Maryland

                        From abc news:

                        http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2...ryland-family/


                        Mar 6, 2012 4:25pmMystery Illness Kills Three in Maryland Family


                        snip

                        Although few details are available about the illness, infectious disease specialists speculate there could be a number of causes.

                        The first thing that comes to mind is influenza. It can be devastating and make people very ill,” said Dr. William Schaffner, chair of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. “But when they’re a cluster like this, we have to wonder if it may be a mutant strain of flu virus. There’s been some concern about a swine flu variant.”
                        Pneumonia is also a possibility, as is Legionnaires’ disease.

                        “Legionnaires’ could cluster, and that would implicate perhaps something about this home environment,” Schaffner added. “Bacteria like moisture, so there would need to be an investigation of the heating and air conditioning systems.”

                        There could also be other environmental causes, such as a toxin, or even carbon monoxide poisoning.


                        Dr. Gio Baracco, associate professor of infectious diseases at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, speculated, based on the very limited amount of information available, that the cause is non-infectious and could be something envirnonmental.

                        “The reason is that for most infections, transmission rate is not 100 percent and the fatality rate is not 100 percent,” he said. If the woman’s hospitalized daughter dies, the case fatality rate will be 100 percent, he explained.

                        “The fact that they’re in the same household and they’re not seeing the same thing going on in the community is unusual,” he added.


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                        Last edited by sharon sanders; March 6th, 2012, 06:18 PM. Reason: shortened

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                          Re: Discussion - Re: USA - 3 familial deaths, 1 hospitalized due to respiratory illness confirmed by Calvert County Health Dept Maryland

                          http://www.wjla.com/articles/2012/03...oms-73419.html


                          Calvert County deaths linked to Influenza A
                          EmailPrintText size Decrease Increase March 6, 2012 - 10:12 am


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                          The victims were all related and lived in the Rousby Hall Road neighborhood in Lusby. Authorities Tuesday said two of the victims died from Influenza A that was made worse through an underlying infection. Authorities have also confirmed that a third victim who was hospitalized also has Influenza A.

                          The first patient, 83-year-old Ruth Blake, became sick on Feb. 23. Three of her children, a son and two daughters all in their 50s, arrived on Feb. 28 to take care of her.

                          snip

                          Authorities have not confirmed Blake's cause of death. The deceased siblings both died from Influenza A and the surviving sibling also has Influenza A.

                          snip

                          Health officials say the cause of the illness has not been confirmed, Environmental testing on the house will be done.

                          In a statement released Tuesday morning, the department says they "will continue to work with the health care providers and others on this situation and will update Calvert County residents if new information important to their health becomes available.”

                          more..
                          Last edited by sharon sanders; March 6th, 2012, 06:19 PM. Reason: shortened

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                            Re: USA - 3 familial deaths, 1 hospitalized due to respiratory illness confirmed by Calvert County Health Dept Maryland - tests positive for Influenza A

                            The reporter in the video at the link below indicates that the underlying infection mentioned above is suspected as "an underlying case of staph or strep".

                            http://www.wjla.com/articles/2012/03...oms-73419.html

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                              Re: USA - 3 familial deaths, 1 hospitalized due to respiratory illness confirmed by Calvert County Health Dept Maryland - 3 test positive for Influenza A

                              http://wusa9.com/news/article/194856...vert-County-Md

                              Influenza A Kills 3 in Lusby, Calvert County, Md.
                              6:05 PM, Mar 6, 2012 | 10 comments

                              Written by
                              Manny Fantis FILED UNDER
                              Maryland News

                              'Influenza A' Killed 3 in Maryland Home

                              LUSBY, Md. (WUSA) -- Calvert County Department of Health officials have confirmed that "Influenza A" has killed three people in a Lusby home.

                              Influenza A is the virus that is most commonly known as the flu in humans. However, if not treated properly, as in these cases, it can prove to be deadly.

                              "The first case of illness occurred in an 81-year-old woman who presented symptoms at her home beginning on or about February 23, 2012. She was cared for at home by three of her children, a son and two daughters. The caregivers developed similar upper respiratory symptoms on or about February 28, 2012. All were hospitalized and became critically ill. The elderly woman, a 58-year-old son and a 56-year-old daughter subsequently died. A third family member and caregiver is currently hospitalized at the Washington Hospital Center," CCHD officials said.

                              Residents are recommended to take standard precautions to prevent the spread of illness including hand washing and limiting contact with sick individuals. Those with flu-like symptoms should check with their healthcare provider to be evaluated.

                              Health officials say if you think you have similar symptoms, you should check with a doctor immediately.

                              "In the meantime, we continue to recommend that people ill with influenza-like illnesses (fever and cough or sore throat) check in with their healthcare provider to be evaluated and see if they would benefit from antiviral or other medications," officials said.

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