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Mysterious illness kills two in Alabama

on May 22, 2013 10:20 AM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama health officials say a mysterious respiratory illness has left five people hospitalized and two dead in the southeastern part of the state.

In a statement, Alabama Department of Public Health spokeswoman Mary McIntyre said seven people have been admitted to hospitals with a fever, cough and shortness of breath. Two of the seven have died and McIntyre said the department and the Centers for Disease Control Respiratory Laboratory are analyzing lab tests from all seven.

McIntyre said it’s unclear what’s causing the illness. Authorities are urging hospital staff to wear masks when caring for patients who appear to be suffering from respiratory illnesses.

The Centers for Disease Control referred all questions to Alabama health officials.

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