Report: H1N1 may cause seizures in children

7/24/2009

NEW YORK Health officials announced this week that children infected with H1N1 may experience seizures, according to reports.

The announcement came after four children in Texas were hospitalized after experiencing neurological complications, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. On May 28, the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services notified CDC of four children with neurologic complications associated with novel influenza A (H1N1) virus infection admitted to hospitals in Dallas County, Texas, during May 18 to 28. The CDC said that from April 22 to July 20, seven possible cases of neurologic complications associated with novel A (H1N1) virus infection were identified.

Because flu-related brain complications are more common in children than adults and swine flu seems to infect children more often than adults, public health experts expect to see more cases of children who develop swine-flu-related neurological complications as the pandemic continues, the New York Times reported.

All of the children have fully recovered, reports said.

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