There is an update to this story. More people are being hospitalized from this disease, but the infection has not gone outside of a small area in Montgomery County.A mysterious illness has Texas health officials worried after half of those infected died from the unidentified disease.
The Montgomery County Health Department said eight patients had presented with flu-like symptoms or pneumonia-like symptoms. Of the eight infected, four have died. Despite their symptoms, none have yet tested positive for the flu, officials said in a statement Tuesday.
This one, I don't believe, is as bad as they are making it out to be.
1) The 8 people, 4 of whom died, were those whose symptoms were so bad that they went to a hospital, but there is a lot of flu going around. I have had it, and my band leader, who lives in Montgomery County, was so sick with it that he played last Friday sitting on a chair all night, and could not sing. lucky for us, there are others in the band who can sing, and took up the slack for him. All in all, while the media may be playing this like it's the apocalypse, a lot of people have come down with the flu, and recovered without seeking treatment.
2) Last night, someone taking the test did show positive for H1N1. The test they were using before was known not to detect all strains of flu. The man tested last night was tested using a different test.
Yes, it's bad, but nothing to get worked up about..... That is, unless it's you who have gotten really sick from it.
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