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Doctors notice more cases of flu turned pneumonia

Freeman doctors notice an increased number of young patients with flu cases that turn into pneumonia and respiratory failure.  Doctors say they've been seeing about three patients a month with this type of illness.  One doctor that specializes in treating the critically ill says the type of flu in this circumstance is H1H1, otherwise known as the swine flu.

One patient with "flu turned pneumonia" recently died at Freeman.

Health professionals say it's important to see the doctor if some flu-like symptoms persist.

"Initially, they might start similarly, like congestion, headaches, feeling tired, running nose.  If these patients start running a fever, they should seek medical advice immediately.  Whether it's through a primary case physician or to the urgent care facilities," says Dr. Majed Safiyeh, an ICU intensivist at Freeman.

"Maybe it's communication, or feeling like we'll get better and we will wait.  You know, I'm healthy and nothing is wrong with me, it's going to be a few more days and it's going to get better," says Dr. Safiyeh.

Doctors say sometimes the illness can be treated with antibiotics.  In other cases, patients have to be flown to St. Louis or the KU Medical Center for proper treatment. 
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