Skip to comments.Doctors' offices filled amid children's unexplained deaths
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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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.
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 :)
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