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Houston Bird Flu Kills 4 Texans Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Dec 17, 2013, 06:59 PM

A mysterious bird flu is plaguing the suburbs of Houston and four residents of the Lone Star state have already died.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "Four of eight patients admitted recently to Montgomery County hospitals have died of a mysterious flu-like illness, officials said. The patients, ranging in age from 41 to 68, were admitted to the hospital with flu symptoms, but tests for influenza were negative, said Jennifer Nichols-Contella, spokeswoman for the Montgomery County Public Health District."

Nichols-Contella is quoted as saying that, "we're monitoring the situation and waiting on further lab results."

According to the Houston Chronicle, "No details were available Tuesday on the dates of the deaths or hospitalizations, she said. Although the Montgomery County patients did not test positive for influenza, this is the heart of the U.S. flu season, which typically peaks in January or February, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

Doctors are warning that those struck by the illness first had the symptom of a runny nose, which later led to fatal consequences.

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