PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (March 6, 2012)—The Calvert County Health Department (CCHD) is investigating a cluster of respiratory illnesses that have resulted in the deaths of three individuals from the Lusby area. CCHD officials say the cases appear to be confined to a single family and there are currently no other affected individuals at this time. CCHD is not recommending any protective actions for the general public.
According to CCHD, the first case of illness occurred in an 81-year-old woman who presented symptoms at her home beginning on or about February 23. She was cared for at home by three of her children, a son and two daughters. The caregivers developed similar upper respiratory symptoms on or about February 28. All were hospitalized and became critically ill. The elderly woman, a 58-year-old son, and a 56-year-old daughter subsequently died. A third family member and caregiver is currently hospitalized at the Washington Hospital Center.
The state Office of Chief Medical Examiner is working to determine the cause of the illness.
CCHD is advising residents to take standard precautions to prevent the spread of illness including hand washing and limiting contact with sick individuals. Those with flu-like symptoms should check with their healthcare provider to be evaluated.