TV news reports state that the children had flu-like symptoms. Victims ranged in age from 2-7. One little girl's parents had taken her to the doctor four times because of her high fever. It was first diagnosed as an ear infection, then the flu. They say that bioterrorism is "unlikely" but all the kids were military dependents. That strikes me as odd. A lot of people have had the flu around here, but to have five kids die like that in five days from the same thing is cause for concern. One day a few weeks ago, the flu was so epidemic that three schools had to be shut down with over 30% of their students absent/ill.
posted on 02/21/2003 10:44:04 AM PST
They say that bioterrorism is "unlikely" but all the kids were military dependents.
This article says 2 of 5 are military dependents.
We've had several deaths, up to seven now, in Michigan of young kids dying of a particularly nasty flu.
I have three under three so my wife and I are particularly concerned, especially since my Father in law just came down with a high fever.
See story Here
posted on 02/21/2003 1:01:04 PM PST
For anyone interested in the follow-up, it's here:
Officials say they don't find any correlation between the deaths. Just tragic coincidence. Since the first post, one additional child has died, age 13. Simply terrible. My whole family has been sick over the last few weeks with a flu that's hard to kick. My heart goes out to those who lost their kids. It's heartbreaking.
posted on 02/25/2003 11:10:21 AM PST
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