6 Alabama kids were on life support with flu - page 7

These were otherwise healthy children who came down with a severe strain of seasonal flu. The original link to the local news is included but takes forever to load so that I decided to use a link... Read More

  1. by   indigo girl
    Another child in Western Australia has died from a bacterial infection? This time they say there was no influenza involved. Reports indicate this was also a rapid progression of symptoms. This is so sad. Parents in that area must be very concerned.


    Quote from http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/story/0,21598,22099965-2761,00.html

    The Health Department's director of communicable diseases, Dr Paul Van Buynder, said today:
    "It's not clear what's causing the illness.

    "At this point we are unable to say what the cause of death has been in these four children.

    "This child appears to have had a very similar illness to the first three, has had a very rapid course of illness, but other than that we have no other information at this point.

    "The four deaths are linked only in that they have had a very similar cause of illness.

    "We are unable to find a single organism which is the same in any of the children and the children themselves have had no contact that we are aware of.''
  2. by   indigo girl
    This Michigan teen's death originally was diagnosed as a meningitis case.
    Now after autopsy, they are saying pneumonia secondary to URI.

    He was also a lacrosse player as was the 15 yr old CT girl, who died in April.
    We know that the lacrosse fields in northern states are frequented by Canadian geese. Is it a factor? We don't know, but I think it should be noted.

  3. by   indigo girl
    Mystery of the toddlers' deaths deepens:


    Quote from www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2007/s1984395.htm

    ...the Health Department has now revealed that the fourth child who died as a result of a virus in combination with a bacterial infection, not the flu virus, but it appears another virus.

    Now it appears that all four children had similar bacterial infections but not the same infections. Two had streptococcal infection and the other two have had a pneumococcal infection which is also classified as streptococcal but quite different. Now these are common bacteria carried by many people and they usually cause no symptoms at all and it's extremely uncommon to see these bacteria leading to death.

    The health authorities here are now looking for what they call an "alternate course" because they haven't had the same bacterial organism and it's possible that a strain of this common bacteria has become particularly virulent.

    PAUL VAN BUYNDER: We've reassessed the pathology specimens that we have available to us at the moment and it now appears likely that the fourth child also had a viral infection an adenovirus which is different to the influenza virus, that may have been involved in the rapid course of the illness.

    It now appears that the children are passing away with co-infections of a virus plus a bacterial infection at the same time. The adenovirus is a very common virus during winter that causes basic background winter symptoms.

    MARK COLVIN: Dr Paul Van Buynder. Now, David, does this actually just make it far more difficult in the sense that they're not entirely related but there may be some connection that the authorities haven't been able to pick up on yet?

    DAVID WEBER: That's right. It has made it more difficult in the sense that these are four similar but very different conditions that have caused these four deaths and the only apparent similarity seems to be that the death has been fairly rapid after the onset of illness and in one case, this week's case, there was no flu-like symptoms as such, there was a fever, and the health authorities here are saying it is extraordinary.