Case of swine flu confirmed in Montgomery County

A mystery illness is going around in Montgomery County, and health officials are trying to figure out what it is, and why four people have died
December 18, 2013 3:42:56 PM PST
On Tuesday, we reported on eight people at Conroe Regional Medical Center who had flu-like symptoms. Four of them have died.

On Wednesday, tests showed that one of the four people still hospitalized has the swine flu, also known as H1N1. Two others who are hospitalized have tested negative for flu. More tests results on the other patients are expected back in the next couple of days.

Baylor influenza center doctors say flu season started early this year. They say it is not too late to get a flu shot. And this season's flu shot does protect against the H1N1 virus.

Montgomery County officials say none of those who died had received a flu shot.

Here in Houston, we reported last week that Texas Children's Hospital is full and many of the children there have the flu or the RSV virus. Public health officials say people who are sick should stay home and everyone should insist their family wash their hands and use hand sanitizers.

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