INTERVIEW: Montgomery County Health Director on mystery illness, H1N1

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on December 18, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 18 at 7:00 PM

HOUSTON – At least one of the eight patients being treated for a mysterious illness at Conroe Regional Medical Center has tested positive for H1N1, according to Montgomery County health officials.

It's the same strain of H1N1 that caused a pandemic in 2009. Doctors have been seeing hundreds of new cases recently in Texas and nationwide. In fact, H1N1 is one of the viruses included in this year's flu shot.

The patient diagnosed with H1N1 is still alive. Two other surviving Conroe patients tested negative for H1N1. The results are still pending for one patient.

The other four patients treated for the mystery illness in Conroe have died.

KHOU 11 News reporter Jeremy Desel spoke with Montgomery County Health Director Dr. Mark Escot about the H1N1 diagnosis and what happens next.

 

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