Suburban Houston death attributed to H1N1 virus

CONROE, Texas (AP) — Public health officials in suburban Houston say the H1N1 virus was the cause of a man's recent death but they're still investigating a mystery illness that has killed three others and sickened more.

In a statement Wednesday from the Montgomery County Hospital District and Public Health District, spokeswoman Jennifer Nichols-Contella said none of the four patients who died had received a flu shot, which protects against the H1N1 virus. Among the others, two patients tested negative for all flu viruses and one was diagnosed with H1N1.

The Houston Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/18zxAV0 ) eight patients with similar symptoms were reported this month by Conroe (KAHN'-roh) Regional Medical Center, about 40 miles north of Houston. The Texas Department of State Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating.

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