Friday, July 24, 2009

Brain dysfunction - encephalitis - linked to swine flu in Texas children

BLOOMBERG: One kind of neurological illness, encephalitis, has multiple causes, so doctors should be aware that the brain dysfunction may be linked to swine flu to choose proper treatment, he said.

SHOOT: Some worrying information - fastest spreading pandemic ever, media and popular entropy, and as with any exotic or completely new virus, some very unexpected and to be blunt, nasty, symptoms. Perhaps the most troubling of all - here's a virus that is wiping out our children, and a growing porportion [16% in the UK] of healthy adults.
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July 23 (Bloomberg) -- Swine flu caused seizures in two Texas children and hallucinations, difficulty standing and slowed speech in two others, say U.S. health officials who advised quick treatment with antiviral medicine in such cases.
Two patients, a 7-year-old and a 10-year-old, were described as having seizures, according to the report from the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Children aged 11 and 17 exhibited the other symptoms. The cases, which occurred from May 13 to May 26, were reported today in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
This is the first evidence of potential seizures or other neurological symptoms from swine flu, also called H1N1, the report said. Seasonal flu can also cause neurological complications such as personality changes, loss of concentration, involuntary eye movements and impairment of
cognitive function, according to an editorial accompanying the report.
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