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Doctors' offices filled amid children's unexplained deaths
The Virginian-Pilot ^ | Feb.22,2003 | ELIZABETH SIMPSON AND LIZ SZABO

Posted on 02/22/2003 5:08:33 AM PST by republicangel

Pediatric offices and emergency rooms in Hampton Roads were jammed Friday with parents anxious to make sure their children's fevers and runny noses weren't life-threatening, as health investigators continued to study the unexplained deaths of five children in five days. ``I took off work to bring my daughter in,'' said Mashiah Mitchell, who brought his 4-year-old daughter, Asha, to Renaissance Pediatrics in Chesapeake because she had a fever. ``I got alarmed when I heard the news about the children dying.''

The fears were triggered by an investigation launched Thursday by the Virginia Department of Health into the deaths of four local children and one from Richmond who previously had been fairly healthy.

Investigators from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have joined the inquiry. State health investigators were also in touch Friday with officials in Michigan, where there were seven unexplained deaths of children with flulike symptoms earlier this year.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: flu; hampton; hamptonroads; portsmouth; richmond; sickkids; virginiabeach
This has been really scaring us around here for a few days.
1 posted on 02/22/2003 5:08:33 AM PST by republicangel
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To: republicangel
We've had a similar number of young children die of "flu like" simptons here in west Michigan lately.
2 posted on 02/22/2003 5:11:06 AM PST by exnavy
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To: republicangel
I am very nervous. My three year old has flu-like symptoms right now. I'm in NC.
3 posted on 02/22/2003 5:12:28 AM PST by dubyagee
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To: dubyagee
it has everyone on edge. What can you do, since the doctors don't even know what is going on?
I'm worried about the children around here, too.
4 posted on 02/22/2003 5:15:44 AM PST by republicangel
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To: exnavy
the rest of the article mentions the unexplained deaths in Michigan, too.
Something that is not mentioned in the article, but was on local tv news: 3 of the 5 children here in Virginia were military dependents.
5 posted on 02/22/2003 5:18:21 AM PST by republicangel
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To: republicangel
Why is it only affecting young children? If it was some kind of chemical attack you would think it would also affect the elderly and affirm. What is the normal death rate from the flu?
6 posted on 02/22/2003 5:18:28 AM PST by jellybean (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1979763521 The Clinton Legacy Cookbook)
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To: republicangel
It's been scaring me, too, for all of you.

I pray that Jesus surround your children with Angels of Protection. Amen.
7 posted on 02/22/2003 5:19:01 AM PST by JudyB1938 (It's a wild world. There's a lot of bad and beware.)
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To: republicangel
bump
8 posted on 02/22/2003 5:20:03 AM PST by Paulie
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To: jellybean
the article mentions 5 (children) per year in this state. But never within 5 days.
9 posted on 02/22/2003 5:20:20 AM PST by republicangel
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To: republicangel
Wonder if there's some 'outside connecting' thread....like booster shots/baby shots...meds they all have had...
10 posted on 02/22/2003 5:27:45 AM PST by mommadooo3
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To: republicangel
Hi I'm from suburban Philadelphia. My Step Daughter has bad flu. Doctor called it the Hatboro plague. We live very close to Willow Grove Naval Air Station. No deaths in this area that I know of. Keep safe
11 posted on 02/22/2003 5:33:56 AM PST by tort_feasor
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To: republicangel
I've done some checking...here are some links:

Mortality Associated With Influenza and Respiratory Syncytial Virus in the United States

Flu deadlier than thought: U.S. study

Misconceptions about the flu

And from this link:

Third West Michigan child dies of flu complications. Two-year-old Jack Williams of Newaygo County died on Friday. We learned yesterday of two others: Billy Joe Green (age 16), an East Kentwood sophomore, who died on Saturday; and Ashley Racine (age 11) of Hastings last Wednesday. Four other children have died in eastern Michigan, bringing the state total to seven. The deaths were not from influenza virus, but from secondary bacteria infections like meningitis and pneumonia. Watch your kids if they get the flu, especially in the period after the worst symptoms fade. When they seem to be recovering is when theyÕre weakest, and other infections set in. Symptoms to make you call the doctor again:

Seven child deaths from flu complications is more than usual, but not cause for alarm. Flu complications are the third leading cause of death for people over 65, and children are the second-most-susceptible group. In the U.S., anywhere from 35,000 to 70,000 people die each year from flu complications.


12 posted on 02/22/2003 6:05:40 AM PST by jellybean (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1979763521 The Clinton Legacy Cookbook)
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To: republicangel
who previously had been fairly healthy.

I wonder what they mean by "fairly healthy" and what is that flu like for kids who were very healthy? We had some kind of flu here but maybe it's not the same one and a couple of my kids had it for a couple days.

13 posted on 02/22/2003 6:12:11 AM PST by FITZ
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To: republicangel
My "baby" is 10 yr old, still I'm watching with interest.
14 posted on 02/22/2003 6:27:17 AM PST by exnavy
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To: republicangel
Bump for the good health and safety of all our angels.



15 posted on 02/22/2003 7:05:28 AM PST by Tunehead54 (Support America Rally!)
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To: jellybean; Lion's Cub
1918 Spanish Flu also exhibited unusually high mortality among the young (up to young adults in that case.) The speculation is that they had the weakest resistance, because they had never been exposed to similar strains of flu.
16 posted on 02/22/2003 7:58:51 AM PST by aristeides
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To: mommadooo3; Mo1
The article says there is no common medication. I would assume that would include shots.

Ping.

17 posted on 02/22/2003 9:58:51 AM PST by sweetliberty (Go Al, go!)
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To: exnavy
My 8-year-old daughter has been home from school all week with the flu, and the proncipal said it's really going through the school too. Still, they were bothering us after 2 days to get her back to class. I just picked up her work for the week and we have been doing it here so she can rest up. I think trying to rush kids back to school is the worst thing you can do, even after the symptoms are gone, they need a couple of days to finish recovering.
18 posted on 02/22/2003 10:09:07 AM PST by happymom
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To: sweetliberty
It makes NO sense.
19 posted on 02/22/2003 10:36:22 AM PST by mommadooo3
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To: sweetliberty; mommadooo3
The article says there is no common medication. I would assume that would include shots

Most shots are now given to the kids before they're 3 .. also here in PA your child has to have all shot before starting school

There was a bad stomache virus that my kids got last weekend .. low grade fever and vomiting .. they were pretty much out of it and slept all day. After 24 hours they were ok and begging to go play in the snow

20 posted on 02/22/2003 11:23:15 AM PST by Mo1 (DC Chapter .. Patriots Rally for America IV .. on Saturday, March 1st)
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To: sweetliberty
I also remember Drudge had a report/article a few months back stating that this years flu season could be much more serious then they orginially thought it would be

A few years back there was a real bad flu season and ALOT folks around here .. Including myself landed in the hospital.
21 posted on 02/22/2003 11:27:43 AM PST by Mo1 (DC Chapter .. Patriots Rally for America IV .. on Saturday, March 1st)
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To: exnavy
Detroit has a "peaceful religion nest", so the deaths in Michigan raised my alert level.
22 posted on 02/22/2003 12:14:58 PM PST by mabelkitty
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To: mabelkitty
I prefer to think of Detroit as, "a target rich environment".
23 posted on 02/22/2003 12:49:02 PM PST by exnavy
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To: republicangel
Reading this, one question come to mind. Were these kids allowed to stay home while they were sick?

It seems to me that many, many parents still ship their kids off to school or day care while the kids are contagious, thus perpetuating the illnesses. A lot of times this is so the parents don't have to miss work.

In my neck of the woods, there are little-mentioned out breaks of meningitis almost every year. This year, scarlet fever has made a come back in two nearby towns. Scarlet fever is caused by strep A and can turn into rheumatic fever or worse if untreated. Late last year it was whooping cough showing up. My point is, that these are all naturally occurring.

24 posted on 02/22/2003 1:07:28 PM PST by GWfan
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To: GWfan
According to news reports, yes they were at home sick. one child was even a doctor's daughter. Another not mentioned in this story is a little boy in N. Carolina. He was in the hospital when he died and they don't know what he died from either. He was getting better and suddenly took a turn for the worse and his parents rushed him to the hospital and he died the next day.
25 posted on 02/22/2003 5:47:05 PM PST by republicangel
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To: aristeides
Thanks for the flag.

I owe the CDC an apology I guess. I hadn't heard that they were investigating, and I just posted a rant about it on another thread. Better go back and eat some crow :)

26 posted on 02/23/2003 1:27:39 AM PST by Lion's Cub
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