Severe H1N1 flu cases reported at Michigan hospitals; doctors urge people to get vaccine

Friday, January 3, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Robin Erb
January 3, 2014

Deadly H1N1 flu — the influenza virus strain behind the 2009 pandemic — continues its resurgence in Michigan, leading to the deaths of at least one child and three adults, according to state health and hospital officials.

About a dozen adults and children — patients who previously were healthy — have been on life support at the University of Michigan Health System’s hospitals due to the virus.

Three adults have died, according to a health system spokeswoman. In December, the state reported that an infant from central Michigan had died from H1N1.

“These deaths are among previously healthy individuals. This is not the group that the public usually thinks about as being susceptible to serious illness with influenza,” said Dr. Matt Davis, chief medical executive for the Michigan Department of Community Health and a U-M professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases and of internal medicine.

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