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.
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.
"We're monitoring the situation and waiting on further lab results," Nichols-Contella said Tuesday.
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.
During the week ending Dec. 7, four states - Texas, Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi - reported high levels of influenza-like illness, the CDC reported. The levels of activity are based upon the percentage of outpatient doctor visits that are due to influenza-like illness, according to the CDC website.
Seismic activity has increased at Sinabung volcano in Sumatra. On 14th December 1000 earthquakes were recorded at the volcano. Magma has been detected at a depth of 2 km. A 5 km radius exclusion zone has been placed around the volcano. Sinabung volcano remains on RED alert.
BEIJING - A 73-year-old woman in China has died from a new strain of bird flu, the H10N8 virus, the Xinhua state news agency reported today (Dec 18).
Xinhua cited unidentified experts as saying that the case in Nanchang, the capital of the landlocked south-eastern province of Jiangxi, was an individual one and the virus had a low risk of spreading to humans.
The Jiangxi province' health department said today that the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the woman had been infected by the H10N8 bird flu strain.
The Geneva-based World Health Organisation (WHO) did not have any information about the virus on its website. A WHO spokeswoman said a statement would be issued later today.
Here we go again. According to a piece in Politico Magazine former Secretary of State and likely 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had some harsh words related to progressives in her $400,000 speeches for Goldman Sachs and friends. Clinton decided to use her speaking opportunity before the super rich to attack those criticizing Wall Street and its numerous criminal practices.
Over 80 civilians in a town northwest of the Syrian capital of Damascus have been executed by Islamist rebels, sources within the Syrian military told RT. Many others were kidnapped to be used as human shields.
Government forces are continuing a large-scale operation against Jabhat al-Nusra and Liwa Al-Islam fighters, who captured the town earlier this week. The area is located some 20 kilometers away from Damascus.
According to SANA news agency, around 1,000 militants were in the town when it was enveloped by the army on Friday.
The military sources said the "armed groups have performed an execution of civilians" in Adra, RT Arabic correspondent Abutaleb Albohaya reported from Syria.
"For now it' established that over 80 people were killed in the areas now taken over by the army. Often whole families were murdered," he said.
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