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UPDATE: Teen's mysterious illness ruled H1N1 Virus

UPDATE July 10:

The Indiana Health Department has confirmed that the illness that took the life of a Dearborn County teen is the H1N1 Virus.

19-year-old Matthew McIntosh was taken to University Hospital on June 30th. At the time, his illness was unknown. He died on July 5th.

His sister, 26-year-old Mindy McIntosh is currently in the hospital, suffereing from similar syptoms. She is listed in critical condition.

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DEARBORN COUNTY, IN (FOX19)-- A mysterious illness takes the life of an Indiana teen and puts his sister in the hospital.

hospital officials say that 19-year-old Matthew McIntosh died at University Hospital from complications from an unknown illness.

Now, his sister, 26-year-old Mindy is in critical condition with the similar flu-like symptoms.

The Indiana State Health Department is investigating, telling FOX19 that they are taking appropriate action.

A statement from the family reads:

"We've lost a son, a brother, a family member and a friend. The medical staff and everyone here at University Hospital were heroic in their efforts to save Matt, and for that we are eternally grateful.

The outpouring of support and attention our son has generated over the past few days is truly overwhelming, and we thank everyone who has kept Matt and those involved in his care in their thoughts and prayers.

No one feels this loss more deeply than we do, however we request that people refrain from participating in conjecture and rumor. We don't yet know the causes of this terrible tragedy. We're confident the doctors here will have those answers for us as soon as they possibly can.

As we grieve the loss of our son, we ask that you continue to pray for our daughter Melinda, and for the ability for those involved in her care to find the answers they need.

Thank you, the McIntosh Family."

Funeral arrangements for Matt are set for Friday at 11:00am in Greendale at the Emanuel Lutheran Church.

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