East Texas death attributed to H1N1 virus

CONROE, Texas (AP) — Public health officials in East Texas say an illness that may have sickened at least eight people, including four deaths, has been attributed in one case to the H1N1 virus.

In a statement from the Montgomery County Hospital District and Public Health District on Wednesday, spokeswoman Jennifer Nichols-Contella said none of the four patients who died had received a flu shot, which protects against the H1N1 virus. Among the others, two patients tested negative for all flu viruses and one was diagnosed with H1N1.

The Houston Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/18zxAV0 ) eight cases this month were reported by Conroe Regional Hospital, about 40 miles north of Houston. The Texas Department of State Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating.

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Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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