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Flu may be responsible for child's death

POSTED: October 21, 2009 12:20 p.m.
A Coastal Health District spokewoman confirmed Monday that a 4-year-old girl from Bryan County died of an “influenza-associated” illness Sunday in a Savannah hospital.
No other information was released, but various media reports say the girl was a preschool student at Savannah Christian Preparatory School and, according to the SCPS Web site at www.savcps.com, the school’s day care has closed for two days after a 4-year-old girl in the school’s “daycare/preschool” got sick early Saturday morning and died Sunday afternoon at Memorial Health University Medical Center.
In a news release, the hospital confirmed a child died there Sunday from flu-like symptoms.
Here’s what the rest of release said:
“Doctors have not, as yet, firmly determined the cause. Parents acknowledged that the nausea was not accompanied by fever (seeming to rule out the primary characteristic of the H1N1 virus). Her sister, a student in the SCPS lower school, had a fever, tested positive for the flu and is being treated. Test results will not be back for two days, so it is not known at this time if she has influenza A or the H1N1 virus. She will be out of school until it is safe for her to return.”
“As a precaution for all children, the day care will be closed Monday and Tuesday while a deep cleaning is being done,” the Web site said. “Although not required to close by the state licensing board, the school made the decision to clean and disinfect every nook and cranny, including washing the walls, in order to take extraordinary precautionary steps. If you have a child in the day care, we appreciate your making alternate plans for child care during these two days while our faculty and staff also cope with this loss.”
“We encourage your prayers for this family while they cope with this unthinkable tragedy, and they appreciate your respect for their privacy during this time. Our hearts go out to them. We will let you know when funeral arrangements are made.”
 

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