Flu On The Rise, Doctors Monitoring Several H1N1 Cases Locally

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
By Paul Martin

Dr. Maria Simbra
January 7, 2014

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The flu is proving fatal, and putting people in the hospital. Not so much children and the elderly, but rather, middle-aged adults.

Patients range in age from their mid-30s to their 80s.

“Several of the severe cases that we’ve seen are in patients who have not received their vaccine,” says Allegheny General Hospital infectious diseases specialist Dr. Andrew Sahud.

The strain that’s wreaking havoc is H1N1.

“Nationally, the H1N1 is by and large the majority of cases,” he adds.

People can become very sick with this. Their immune systems react so strongly that their lungs don’t work properly.

“Death by oxygen starvation,” he explains.

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