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Long Island Teen Dies Of Mysterious Illness During Disneyland School Trip
CBS Los Angeles ^ | February 22, 2013 7:32 PM

Posted on 02/23/2013 5:50:17 PM PST by null and void

ANAHEIM (CBSLA.com) — A 15-year-old boy from Long Island died of a mysterious illness while on a school trip to Disneyland.

Joseph Tutaj was one of 80 students from Seaford High School’s marching band who traveled to the Southland to perform at the Anaheim theme park last week.

“The first day at Disneyland he was okay. He went on Space Mountain and everything with us. Then the second day he wasn’t feeling well at all,” said band member, Michael Nicola.

On Tuesday, Tutaj was at the Santa Monica Pier when he complained of a high fever.

The teen was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and died 24 hours later.

Doctors told the boy’s family they believe Tutaj may have contracted a debilitating infection.

Tutaj’s parents said the 15-year-old trumpet player had no history of medical problems.

The LA County Coroner’s Office said the cause of death has been deferred pending further tests.

The boy’s passing is the latest in a string of tragedies to hit the Tutaj family.

His father, Robert, is currently battling stage four cancer, and the family’s home was destroyed in Superstorm Sandy.


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To: Smokin' Joe

Thanks for the ping!


51 posted on 02/24/2013 8:22:39 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: null and void
If you come across this one or the girl in Colorado, would you let us know, please?

If I find the info in a timely manner, I will. Typically, publications like MMWR can take several months to publish a case. For instance, in May, 2012, the publication reported that a soldier had died in August 2011 from rabies contracted in Afghanistan in January 2011.

52 posted on 02/24/2013 8:29:01 PM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: exDemMom

Even if it’s next year, I can always resurrect this thread and ping everyone on it.


53 posted on 02/24/2013 8:59:10 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: null and void

Sure. As a memory aid, I have saved a Word document to my desktop with links to the threads involved.

It’s possible that there will be other follow-up articles that are a little more timely than the CDC articles. If I come across those, I’ll let you know.


54 posted on 02/25/2013 4:17:41 AM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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