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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 8:43 pm 
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A 13-year-old Baltimore girl is on life support after contracting the swine flu.

Jessica Kartalija reports she is a student at Montebello Elementary and Middle School.

The illness is still moving quickly through the U.S., but experts say it's not moving any faster than the regular flu.

A letter sent home to parents of students at Montebello Elementary and Middle School says:

"We have been informed by the Health Department that a student at Montebello Elementary Middle has a confirmed case of H1N1 flu. The student is being treated and is not in school. The building will be thoroughly cleaned according to processes established with the Health Department. We will also be reinforcing with students basic hygiene measures that can help prevent the spread of flu. The steps needed to control influenza in our schools are simple. By getting children vaccinated, keeping them home when they're sick, and teaching them the importance of washing hands and covering coughs, we can help keep our children healthy this year. For more information, parents can call 311 or visit the Baltimore City Health Department website at www.baltimorehealth.org.

The letter comes just hours after WJZ received a frantic phone call from the teen's aunt saying the girl is on life support at the University of Maryland Medical Center with the H1N1 virus.

Her aunt tells WJZ the girl collapsed at school Monday. She was taken to the hospital where she went into cardiac arrest.

http://wjz.com/local/swine.flu.wjz.2.1206417.html

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 8:59 pm 
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The St. Louis County Health Department is looking into the death of a 14-year-old student from Hazelwood Central High School.

Health officials said they received a tip regarding a flu related death in the Hazelwood School District. They said communicable disease experts were alerted. Officials said it is too early to tell if this death is indeed connected to the flu, or specifically, H1N1.

School spokesperson Diana Gullota confirmed the student's death, but did not know the cause.

No word yet on the name of the student.

http://www.ksdk.com/news/local/story.as ... yid=185819

Students and teachers at Hazelwood Central High School are mourning the loss of a freshman student.

Family members tell us 14-year-old Asia Conley died of swine flu or H1N1.

On Thursday afternoon, the district said it did not have a confirmed cause of death, but early Thursday evening Conley's family told NewsChannel 5 doctors told them it was H1N1.

Kim Conley, Asia's mother, says her daughter was perfectly healthy a week ago Wednesday -- running a mile at school that day.

Wednesday night, family members say, Asia Conley came down with a fever. By Thursday, the family says she was admitted to Children's Hospital -- diagnosed with H1N1.

The hospital says Asia Conley passed away on September 22.

The family of Asia Conley says they are upset that this information is not being passed on to parents to help prevent more cases of swine flu.

The Hazelwood School District says it is in constant contact with the County Health Department and has an H1N1 plan in action -- sanitizing the school rooms and telling students and staff to wash their hands.

http://www.ksdk.com/news/local/story.as ... 38&catid=3

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2009 7:28 am 
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A 13-year-old Baltimore girl is on life support after contracting the swine flu.

Jessica Kartalija reports she is a student at Montebello Elementary and Middle School.

The illness is still moving quickly through the U.S., but experts say it's not moving any faster than the regular flu.

A letter sent home to parents of students at Montebello Elementary and Middle School says:

"We have been informed by the Health Department that a student at Montebello Elementary Middle has a confirmed case of H1N1 flu. The student is being treated and is not in school. The building will be thoroughly cleaned according to processes established with the Health Department. We will also be reinforcing with students basic hygiene measures that can help prevent the spread of flu. The steps needed to control influenza in our schools are simple. By getting children vaccinated, keeping them home when they're sick, and teaching them the importance of washing hands and covering coughs, we can help keep our children healthy this year. For more information, parents can call 311 or visit the Baltimore City Health Department website at http://www.baltimorehealth.org.

The letter comes just hours after WJZ received a frantic phone call from the teen's aunt saying the girl is on life support at the University of Maryland Medical Center with the H1N1 virus.

Her aunt tells WJZ the girl collapsed at school Monday. She was taken to the hospital where she went into cardiac arrest.

http://wjz.com/local/swine.flu.wjz.2.1206417.html

A 13-year-old Baltimore girl is in intensive care at the University of Maryland Medical Center with the H1N1 virus, according to her aunt. The Baltimore school district issued a statement Thursday that said a student at Montebello Elementary/Middle School in Northeast Baltimore has a confirmed case of the H1N1 flu. Destinee Parker, who is in the eighth grade, became ill in school Monday and was taken by her parents to a hospital, where she was diagnosed with double pneumonia, according to the aunt, Ernestine Parker. She was transferred to UM, where she has been on a ventilator and in critical condition, Parker said. Late Thursday, she said the girl appeared to be getting stronger. Since the beginning of June, the state health department has reported seven deaths and 117 hospitalizations stemming from the virus. "There are children who have been hospitalized across the state - that is to be expected," said David Paulson, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The school system statement said the building will be thoroughly cleaned according to health department procedures. City schools have a previously scheduled day off today.
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryla ... 6589.story

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2009 8:35 am 
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At Beck Junior High School in Katy, it was "Wear Green Day,” honoring a dear friend who's life is in danger.

Billy Cary is 13. He’s been hit so hard by the swine flu and complications that after a week in the hospital, it's an improvement to say he's in critical condition.

“It's as scary as it gets,” Cary’s dad said. “When he got the flu, it went to his lungs. He got a bacterial infection as well as pneumonia. The bacteria was so bad he went into septic shock”

Cary's now on a ventilator and a kidney dialysis machine.

And his dad says he never thought the swine flu was any big deal.

“This virus is different from the seasonal flu viruses,” Dr. Norris Payne said.

Payne is a longtime Houston pediatrician on the front lines of this epidemic. He says his patients seem to get sicker from the virus now than they did in the spring--and he sees evidence that it's attacking healthy young children and adults.

“The other viruses don't turn a healthy great immune system into a dagger against you,” he said.

Payne is concerned that because the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has said the H1N1 virus is relatively mild, parents may wait too long to get treatment.

He says the anti-virals work 99 percent of the time, but they have to be taken within a day or two of the first symptoms.

Meanwhile, the Katy community sends Cary much needed love, and his dad says he sees the power of their prayer.

H1N1 is now widespread across Texas.

http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/health/ ... _flu_staph

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2009 9:19 am 
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At Beck Junior High School in Katy, it was "Wear Green Day,” honoring a dear friend who's life is in danger.

Billy Cary is 13. He’s been hit so hard by the swine flu and complications that after a week in the hospital, it's an improvement to say he's in critical condition.

“It's as scary as it gets,” Cary’s dad said. “When he got the flu, it went to his lungs. He got a bacterial infection as well as pneumonia. The bacteria was so bad he went into septic shock”

Cary's now on a ventilator and a kidney dialysis machine.

And his dad says he never thought the swine flu was any big deal.

“This virus is different from the seasonal flu viruses,” Dr. Norris Payne said.

Payne is a longtime Houston pediatrician on the front lines of this epidemic. He says his patients seem to get sicker from the virus now than they did in the spring--and he sees evidence that it's attacking healthy young children and adults.

“The other viruses don't turn a healthy great immune system into a dagger against you,” he said.

Payne is concerned that because the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has said the H1N1 virus is relatively mild, parents may wait too long to get treatment.

He says the anti-virals work 99 percent of the time, but they have to be taken within a day or two of the first symptoms.

Meanwhile, the Katy community sends Cary much needed love, and his dad says he sees the power of their prayer.

H1N1 is now widespread across Texas.

http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/health/ ... _flu_staph


This is the Junior High my daughters will go to!! WTF! We have received NOTHING from the school district!!

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2009 9:49 am 
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wotan wrote:
niman wrote:
At Beck Junior High School in Katy, it was "Wear Green Day,” honoring a dear friend who's life is in danger.

Billy Cary is 13. He’s been hit so hard by the swine flu and complications that after a week in the hospital, it's an improvement to say he's in critical condition.

“It's as scary as it gets,” Cary’s dad said. “When he got the flu, it went to his lungs. He got a bacterial infection as well as pneumonia. The bacteria was so bad he went into septic shock”

Cary's now on a ventilator and a kidney dialysis machine.

And his dad says he never thought the swine flu was any big deal.

“This virus is different from the seasonal flu viruses,” Dr. Norris Payne said.

Payne is a longtime Houston pediatrician on the front lines of this epidemic. He says his patients seem to get sicker from the virus now than they did in the spring--and he sees evidence that it's attacking healthy young children and adults.

“The other viruses don't turn a healthy great immune system into a dagger against you,” he said.

Payne is concerned that because the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has said the H1N1 virus is relatively mild, parents may wait too long to get treatment.

He says the anti-virals work 99 percent of the time, but they have to be taken within a day or two of the first symptoms.

Meanwhile, the Katy community sends Cary much needed love, and his dad says he sees the power of their prayer.

H1N1 is now widespread across Texas.

http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/health/ ... _flu_staph


This is the Junior High my daughters will go to!! WTF! We have received NOTHING from the school district!!

More detail has been posted here

http://www.singtomeohmuse.com/viewtopic ... 463#249463

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2009 8:28 pm 
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A 13-year-old Baltimore girl is on life support after contracting the swine flu.

Jessica Kartalija reports she is a student at Montebello Elementary and Middle School.

The illness is still moving quickly through the U.S., but experts say it's not moving any faster than the regular flu.

A letter sent home to parents of students at Montebello Elementary and Middle School says:

"We have been informed by the Health Department that a student at Montebello Elementary Middle has a confirmed case of H1N1 flu. The student is being treated and is not in school. The building will be thoroughly cleaned according to processes established with the Health Department. We will also be reinforcing with students basic hygiene measures that can help prevent the spread of flu. The steps needed to control influenza in our schools are simple. By getting children vaccinated, keeping them home when they're sick, and teaching them the importance of washing hands and covering coughs, we can help keep our children healthy this year. For more information, parents can call 311 or visit the Baltimore City Health Department website at http://www.baltimorehealth.org.

The letter comes just hours after WJZ received a frantic phone call from the teen's aunt saying the girl is on life support at the University of Maryland Medical Center with the H1N1 virus.

Her aunt tells WJZ the girl collapsed at school Monday. She was taken to the hospital where she went into cardiac arrest.

http://wjz.com/local/swine.flu.wjz.2.1206417.html

A Baltimore-area child with an underlying health problem has died of swine flu, becoming the first youth death in Maryland from the H1N1 virus, state health officials said Friday.

As with other deaths related to the flu strain, officials would not reveal the child's name, age or hometown, nor elaborate on the circumstances that led to the death.

Since the outbreak this spring, the pandemic has sickened millions nationwide and is responsible for hundreds of deaths across the country, including seven adults in Maryland. Nationwide, 49 children have died from swine flu and the vast majority of them had underlying health problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"We wish to extend our sympathies to the family and loved ones of this child," said Maryland health secretary John M. Colmers in a statement. "As expected, H1N1 flu infections are on the rise in Maryland as we head into the flu season and we are seeing an increase in related hospitalizations. Unfortunately, as with regular seasonal flu, we expect to see more deaths as a result."

The death comes a day after reports that a 13-year-old girl was in intensive care at the University of Maryland Medical Center with the virus. The eighth-grader at Montebello Elementary/Middle School in Northeast Baltimore became ill in school on Monday and was taken to a hospital, where she was diagnosed with double pneumonia, according to her aunt. She was then taken to the University of Maryland for further treatment.
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/bal-sw ... 0065.story

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