Skip to comments.Long Island Teen Dies Of Mysterious Illness During Disneyland School Trip
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 Schools 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 wasnt 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 boys family they believe Tutaj may have contracted a debilitating infection.
Tutajs parents said the 15-year-old trumpet player had no history of medical problems.
The LA County Coroners Office said the cause of death has been deferred pending further tests.
The boys 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 familys home was destroyed in Superstorm Sandy.
Thanks for the ping!
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.
Even if it’s next year, I can always resurrect this thread and ping everyone on it.
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.