Another death from H1N1 flu + MRSA

Thanks to a commenter who alerted me to this sad story: A teenager in Austin died of a combination of H1N1 flu and MRSA pneumonia. Constant readers will know that we have been watching for this for a while; MRSA pneumonia is a known and dangerous complication of any flu infection.

For stories for CIDRAP and the Annals of Emergency Medicine, I’ve been talking to ER physicians about their expectations for the fall, when the regular flu season begins and H1N1 is expected to intensify. (A friend’s school already has cases circulating.) It’s fair to say that emergency departments are unsettled about the possibility of severe complications from this flu.

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