LUSBY, Md. (AP) — Health officials in Calvert County say a relative of three people who died from a respiratory illness is still at the hospital but improving.

County health officer Dr. David Rogers said Thursday that the woman is hospitalized and improving.

Officials say the family’s illness started with an 81-year-old woman became sick at home around Feb. 23. Authorities say her son and two daughters cared for her and later developed similar upper respiratory symptoms. The elderly woman, her son and one of her daughters died. The second daughter is hospitalized.

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said Wednesday that testing confirmed that two of the people who died had of a strain of flu that has been circulating this season and that the cases were complicated by bacterial infections.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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