Health Officials On Lookout For Children With H1N1 Encephalitis


(CBS) - Children are among those hit hard in the H1N1 outbreak.

Health officials are keeping an eye on a potentially deadly complication - encephalitis.

Encephalitis is a critical brain infection. Doctors at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh say, in the last six weeks, they've seen five cases of H1N1 encephalitis.

After a handful of similar pediatric cases in Texas this past spring, the Centers for Disease Control issued a report about a potential connection between H1N1 and encephalitis. It is now monitoring for cases nationwide.

The condition can cause long-term neurological damage.

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