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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

US : Cluster of respiratory-related deaths under investigation in Md.

Via WTOP :


Medstar Washington Hospital Center reports the son and daughter who died in the hospital had Influenza A. They also had other medical conditions, officials say.

The 81-year-old mother's cause of death is still under investigation.

The health of the other daughter (and fourth victim) is improving, hospital officials say.

Tuesday - 3/6/2012, 2:56pm ET

WASHINGTON - Three people in the Lusby, Md. area have died from a respiratory illness and the Calvert County Health Department is investigating the cluster of deaths.

The case appears to be confined to a single family and there are no other individuals affected, the health department says.

At this time, they are not recommending any protective actions for the general public.

Calvert County schools made automated phone calls home to dispel rumors, says Deputy Health Officer Dan Williams.

The first case of illness was reported in an 81-year-old woman who began showing symptoms around Feb. 23. Three of the woman's children took care of her in her home.

The three children, a son and two daughters, developed similar upper respiratory symptoms around Feb. 28.

All four of the family members were eventually hospitalized and became critically ill."

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