No Cause Yet of NRV Illness, Four Remain Hospitalized

Pulaski Co., VA - The Virginia Department of Health continues to look for the cause of an isolated illness in the New River Valley that killed two people. As of Saturday, the VDH says four people remain hospitalized at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. There have been no new cases of the illness and no new hospital admissions related to the illness, the VDH says. "There is still no indication of person-to-person transmission and no indication of any public health risk," said Molly O'Dell, M.D., director of the New River Health District. "This continues to appear to be an isolated incident with a single-source exposure." The health department says they believe area where the sick may have been exposed to the illness may be on private property which is now secured. "Because we are seeing some influenza activity in the community, people in the area may experience flu symptoms. This is not necessarily related to the isolated illness that is under investigation," said Dr. O'Dell. "As always, if you are concerned you may be developing influenza, you should follow up with your family physician as you normally would."
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