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09.05.2013 Epidemic Hazard USA State of Texas, [Montgomery and Liberty counties] Damage level
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Epidemic Hazard in USA on Thursday, 09 May, 2013 at 04:50 (04:50 AM) UTC.

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Two teenagers from Montgomery and Liberty counties have died, and a third is in critical condition. Health experts said all three shared similar symptoms. Now they are working together to figure out what is behind it all. Tyler Lane Budro, 17, was the first case. He got sick in February and died on March 10. Tyler lived in Liberty County and was a junior at Hull-Daisetta High School. His mother said he first had a fever, and then violent seizures started days later. An infectious disease specialist in Montgomery County said Tyler, as well as a teenage girl and a teenage boy in that county had similar symptoms. The girl died on April 29. The boy is in critical condition at a Houston hospital. The specialist also said the teens’ symptoms included a fever, coughing, pneumonia, seizures and respiratory failure. Dr. Syed Ibrahim is Montgomery County’s epidemiologist. He said they ran 30 tests on the teens, including checks for rabies and meningitis. All tests came back with negative results, so health experts still have no idea what any of the teens came down with.

Dr. Ibrahim and other area health experts are still looking for answers. “I’m really concerned. I’m sad as well because these are the cases of the teenagers in our county,” said Dr. Ibrahim, MD, MPH. Parents and students at New Caney High School, where the teen who is in the hospital attends, are worried too. “I think they should have informed us about it more ‘cuz it’s not right that some kids don’t know about it and other kids are spreading (rumors) making it worse,” said student Courtney Villareal. School officials in New Caney ISD said they did not notify parents because they don’t have enough information. They said they don’t know what they’re dealing with at this point. Dr. Ibrahim said the disease or diseases do not appear to be contagious.” Some in New Caney ISD said they are afraid people might panic. Health experts stress there is no need for that. They’re just stumped. Tyler’s grieving mom is hoping experts can crack the case very soon.

Biohazard name: Unidentified Illness (fatal)
Biohazard level: 4/4 Hazardous
Biohazard desc.: Viruses and bacteria that cause severe to fatal disease in humans, and for which vaccines or other treatments are not available, such as Bolivian and Argentine hemorrhagic fevers, H5N1(bird flu), Dengue hemorrhagic fever, Marburg virus, Ebola virus, hantaviruses, Lassa fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, and other hemorrhagic or unidentified diseases. When dealing with biological hazards at this level the use of a Hazmat suit and a self-contained oxygen supply is mandatory. The entrance and exit of a Level Four biolab will contain multiple showers, a vacuum room, an ultraviolet light room, autonomous detection system, and other safety precautions designed to destroy all traces of the biohazard. Multiple airlocks are employed and are electronically secured to prevent both doors opening at the same time. All air and water service going to and coming from a Biosafety Level 4 (P4) lab will undergo similar decontamination procedures to eliminate the possibility of an accidental release.
Symptoms: Fever, coughing, pneumonia, seizures and respiratory failure. First had a fever, and then violent seizures started days later
Status: suspected

Mystery illness claims the life of 2 area teens, a third is critical

Tyler Lane Budro, 17, was the first case. He got sick in February and died on March 10.

“Like fever, cough, like respiratory failure, pneumonia, seizures,” said Dr. Syed Ibrahim, MD, MPH. “In the child who’s admitted at Texas Children’s Hospital now, he’s having liver enlargment and spleen enlargment.”

by Sherry Williams / KHOU 11 News

khou.com

Posted on May 9, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Updated yesterday at 4:41 PM

HOUSTON — A hospital spokeswoman at Texas Children’s in Houston said in a written statement that a 17-year-old boy in their facility is not believed, by them, to be connected two cases in which area teens died from a mystery illness.

But the lead doctor in charge of Montgomery County’s Health Department said all of the teens have similar symptoms.

“Like fever, cough, like respiratory failure, pneumonia, seizures,” said Dr. Syed Ibrahim, MD, MPH. “In the child who’s admitted at Texas Children’s Hospital now, he’s having liver enlargment and spleen enlargment.”

The hospital confirmed that the teen is in critical condition.

Two teenagers, one from Montgomery County and one from Liberty County, have died from an illness health experts have not been able to diagnose.

Tyler Lane Budro, 17, was the first case. He got sick in February and died on March 10.

Tyler lived in Liberty County and was a junior at Hull-Daisetta High School. His mother said he first had a fever, and then violent seizures started days later.

 

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