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Respiratory Illness Kills Three Family Members, Fourth Remains Hospitalized

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LUSBY, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Health officials in Calvert County and Maryland say three members of a family have died from respiratory illnesses. A fourth relative was sickened and remains hospitalized.

Officials say an 81-year-old woman became sick at home around Feb. 23. Authorities say her son and two daughters cared for her at home, and five days later developed similar upper respiratory symptoms.

The elderly woman, her 58-year-old son and 56-year-old daughter died. The fourth family member, who was not identified, is still hospitalized.

Maryland Medical Examiner David Fowler said one of the bodies was taken to Baltimore for autopsy.

Preliminary testing indicated that two of the fatal cases had influenza which may have been complicated by bacterial co-infections. A Bacterial co-infection is a known complication of influenza infection.

Area residents are recommended to take basic, standard precautions to prevent the spread of illness such as frequent hand washing and limiting contact with sick individuals. The Health Department also suggests those with flu-like symptoms be evaluated by their healthcare provider.

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