Posts Tagged ‘H1N1 causes seizures in children’

sfpThe New York Times (7/24, A11, Arnquist) reports, “The nation’s top public health officials are alerting doctors that swine flu may cause seizures, after four children were hospitalized in Texas for neurological complications.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday that “all four children fully recovered without complications after being treated.” Public health experts said, however, that “flu-related brain complications are more common in children than adults, and swine flu seems to infect children more often than adults.” As a result, they “expect to see more cases of children who develop swine-flu-related neurological complications as the pandemic continues.”  An editorial accompanying the CDC’s report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report noted that “seasonal flu can also cause neurological complications, such as personality changes, loss of concentration, involuntary eye movements, and impairment of cognitive function,” Bloomberg News (7/24, Lopatto) reports. The researchers noted that these “warnings may prevent doctors from giving patients the wrong medications for the neurological symptoms.  Reuters (7/23, Steenhuysen) reported that health officials are urging physicians to test respiratory specimens and begin treatment with antiviral medications for children hospitalized for neurological complications and influenza-like symptoms.

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