Health officials in HAZMAT suits inspected the Blake Family's Home in Lusby, Md.
LUSBY, Md. (WUSA) -- The family stricken by the flu in Calvert County released a statement to the media on Wednesday afternoon.
The Blake family suffered three fatalities in an "Influenza A" case that left another person in quarantine at the Washington Hospital Center.
"While we appreciate the public's interest, and acknowledge the press' desire to gather and disseminate information regarding this matter, we respectfully invoke our right to grieve and to mourn the loss of our loved ones in private. We direct any inquiries to the appropriate officials at the local Health Department, who are better equipped to answer any and all questions regarding the public's health and safety. Consequently, we will have no comment on this most intensely personal matter at this or any other time. Thank you for your understanding.
The Blake Family."
"The first case of illness occurred in an 81-year-old woman who presented symptoms at her home beginning on or about February 23, 2012. She was cared for at home by three of her children, a son and two daughters. The caregivers developed similar upper respiratory symptoms on or about February 28, 2012. All were hospitalized and became critically ill. The elderly woman, a 58-year-old son and a 56-year-old daughter subsequently died. A third family member and caregiver is currently hospitalized at the Washington Hospital Center," CCHD officials said.