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Girl with H1N1 released from Shreveport hospital

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email

LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV)- A 5 year old East Texas girl has been released from a Shreveport hospital after being treated for the H1N1 virus.

5 year old Ashlyn Craver became ill February 20th. Her mother, Brenda McCowan, took her to a family doctor on the 24th, when she says Ashlyn was diagnosed with H1N1,  and sent to Sutton Children's Hospital in Shreveport.

She had pneumonia and was on an oxygen machine, in critical condition. Her condition improved dramatically today. But for a while her condition was very serious.

"She was going through fever, not eating , fatigue, sleeping she was very restless," says McCowan.

"I would not be surprised if it comes out H1N1 because that's one of the prominent strains in Texas and throughout the country about one out of every 3 or 4 cases will turn out to be H1N1," says regional director of the Texas Department of Health Services , Dr. Paul McGaha.

Mccowan says her doctor diagnosed Ashlyn with type A H1N1 virus.

"Typical symptoms are sudden onset of high fever, 103-104, with body aches and chills, if they have a chronic underlying medical condition they can have some severe complications," says Marshall doctor Carl Turner.

Now health experts are urging schools to take extra precautions to stop an outbreak.

"We have been , we talk routinely to school nurses and other administration about safety precautions," McGaha says.

Ashlyn was released from the hospital around 5-pm Wednesday. The Texas Department of Health Services says there have been 7 flu related pediatric fatalities in Texas this year, including another Harrison County child who died a week ago.

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