The CDC is looking for clusters of people with hemorrhagic pneumonia. Perhaps they should talk to the coroner in Polk County, Iowa.
From KCCI, November 20, 2009
Iowa has officially recorded 21 H1N1 deaths, including seven in Polk County alone. But the county’s medical examiner said he has performed autopsies on some residents who were never diagnosed with H1N1, but actually had it.
“In the autopsy, what we’re seeing is very heavy, wet hemorrhagic lungs, lungs with a lot of blood in them,” said Dr. Gregory Schmunk.
He said the official count of seven H1N1 deaths is inaccurate, but patient rights laws prohibit him from giving specific numbers.
It seems unlikely that Polk County, Iowa is the only place this is happening. Thus, we do not know how many people are dying of H1N1 in the US. We do not know how many have hemorrhagic pneumonia. And we do not know if this symptom and associated deaths are due to a more virulent strain of H1N1.
And from the CDC? Other than bland assurances that they haven’t seen anything which is cause for alarm, nothing.
And that’s the problem.
Clusters of hemorrhagic pneumonia are cause for alarm.
Unfortunately, our public health “firemen” are sleeping through the alarm while the US burns.