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.
posted on 02/22/2003 1:07:28 PM PST
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.
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