Lubbock Man Dies From Unknown Illness - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/4/07

Lubbock Man Dies From Unknown Illness

It's a popular vacation spot for many Lubbockite's and Tuesday night, Lake LBJ near Austin is part of a health investigation. The Lubbock Health Department is now investigating the death of a 22-year-old Lubbock man.

Family members of the deceased tell NewsChannel 11 that doctors at UMC say it may have been a parasitic or bacterial infection that killed the man, but tests are still being conducted. We do know, however, a 12-year-old boy from Austin died from meningitis last month after he too came down with an infection after swimming at Lake LBJ.

In that case, the boy suffered a severe brain infection. The Austin American Statesman reports that amoebas responsible for the illness live in fresh water. The water has become warm and stagnant.

There's no word yet on whether these two cases are linked. The meningitis the 12-year-old Austin boy died from is extremely rare. Since 1972, there have been only 34 other cases in Texas, all of them fatal. Worldwide, the fatality rate is 95%.

As of now the diagnosis of the Lubbock man is still unknown as health officials are waiting on test results before commenting further. Newschannel 11 will continue to with-hold the name of the Lubbock man until those results are known.

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