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Officials need more answers to determine what killed four patients


Health officials are learning more about a mysterious illness that has killed four people in Montgomery County and left four others hospitalized. 

Eight people in Conroe, in Montgomery County just north of Houston, reported flu-like symptoms. Four of those patients have died and the remaining four are in a Montgomery County hospital.

According to the Montgomery County Public Health District, one of the remaining patients has tested positive for H1N1 virus, while two others have tested negative for all flu viruses. 

Montgomery County Public Health District is awaiting test results for the fourth patient. 

The patients range in age from 41 to 68 and health officials say it is unclear whether they had underlying health issues. 

The Northeast Texas Public Health District says no similar cases have been reported in East Texas. 

The 2013 influenza vaccine does protect against the H1N1 virus, and at this time, officials say that those who died had not received the vaccine. 

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