Thursday, May 23, 2013

Alabama Undiagnosed Respiratory Outbreak Update: Increase to 9 -- 1 Fatality linked to H1N1

Previously posted here, on an undiagnosed respiratory outbreak in Southeast Alabama.

An update:
May 22, 2013

One illness fatality linked to H1N1 flu virus 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,” Smith said. “A total of nine have been admitted. We know some people are recovering, and are going home.” Corey Kirkland, a health department spokesperson, said the two deaths occurred Saturday and Sunday.
Kirkland said two of the people tested positive for specific viruses, which included the H1N1 flu virus. He said another person tested positive for the type A flu virus, which Smith said was the typical seasonal flu virus.

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