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Correction: Isolated Illness story

Thursday - 5/1/2014, 7:00pm  ET

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- In a story April 30 about an illness that killed two members of a Pulaski County family, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the deaths were caused by a combination of flu and strep. While flu and strep were present in those who died, the cause of the deaths has not been determined.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Health officials: Flu, strep present in Va. victims

Health officials: 2 people who died in Pulaski County had flu, strep

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- Health officials say the illness that killed two members of a Pulaski County family and hospitalized others was not hantavirus as previously suspected.

New River Health District Director Dr. Molly O'Dell says the pair who died Friday had flu and strep, but not hantavirus. The cause of the deaths has not been determined.

O'Dell told The Roanoke Times (http://bit.ly/1n46JDT) that co-infection is very rare and can be serious. Officials have not identified any of the victims.

Pulaski County emergency management officials had previously said the illness could be hantavirus.

Hantavirus is a rodent-borne illness. Infected people usually have flu-like symptoms including fever, shortness of breath, chills and muscle and body aches.


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