Policeman's wife twice wrongly diagnosed with swine flu dies
A senior policeman's wife died 'in terrible circumstances' from Legionnaires' disease after her symptoms were twice 'mistaken' for swine flu.
Carol Rowe, 46 was told she had swine flu by an ambulance crew who 'refused' to take her to hospital twice after emergency calls.
Her furious husband, Detective Inspector Kevin Rowe of Thames Valley Police, said she died in 'terrible circumstances' after paramedics told the mother-of-two she was 'panicking'.
Mrs Rowe, who had lung problems after suffering from TB three years ago, as well as asthma, rang for an ambulance after feeling severely unwell.
Det Insp Row, 46, from Thatcham, Berkshire, said that on the first visit the ambulance service made a diagnosis of swine flu and refused to take her to hospital.
This is a big problem that its some times hard to tell the difference from flu and other illness with similar sypmtoms, when a panademic is declared of course it becomes the first thought of the day when sypmtoms are diagnosed.
I have just got over a mould spore infection that gave every indiocation of being H1N1 or H1N5 and if both my partner and I had carried on thinking we had flu, the spores could of killed one or both of us. As the mould in question was the deadliest variety and well hidden from view.
Just like the symptoms caused by mould spores
[q URL = "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legionnaires%27_disease#Symptoms"] Patients with Legionnaires' disease usually have fever, chills, and a cough, which may be dry or may produce sputum. Some patients also have muscle aches, headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, loss of coordination (ataxia), and occasionally diarrhea and vomiting. Laboratory tests may show that patients’ renal functions, liver functions and electrolytes are deranged, including hyponatremia. Chest X-rays often show pneumonia with bi-basal consolidation. It is difficult to distinguish Legionnaires' disease from other types of pneumonia by symptoms or radiologic findings alone; other tests are required for diagnosis.
Persons with Pontiac fever experience fever and muscle aches without pneumonia. They generally recover in 2 to 5 days without treatment.
The time between the patient's exposure to the bacterium and the onset of illness for Legionnaires' disease is 2 to 10 days; for Pontiac fever, it is shorter, generally a few hours to 2 days [/q]
Does in fact look familiar to flu. however the loss of appetite is not really a symptom of flu.
But Tamiflu would have been a useless cure for Legionnaires disease
The amblance crew and the hospital had thought she had swine flu, because that was the norm to espect unfortunatly. How can we blame them fate had played this poor woman a very bad hand Kevin Rowe has a right to be annoyed but with luckless fate, my heart goes out to him and his family for their loss. Some times life is so unfair and in this case the over hyped H1N1 flue scam has been the causes of demise.
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