Boy who died of flu had respiratory condition
September 23, 2009
SUMMIT COUNTY – The 13-year-old boy who died Wednesday after testing positive for influenza had pre-existing respiratory conditions including chronic bronchitis and asthma, which apparently contributed to his death, according to a joint statement released Friday from Summit County Public Health and the Coroner’s Office.
Thursday’s autopsy indicates the respiratory failure to be the preliminary cause of Bryan Pineda Rosas’s death.
The results are consistent with seasonal or swine flu fatality, according to the statement.
Another child who has tested positive for Type A flu is hospitalized at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center and is in stable condition.
Complete autopsy results on Rosas include a microscopic tissue exam and will not be available for several weeks, according to Friday’s statement.
Because seasonal flu doesn’t typically hit until November or December, health officials are assuming 99 percent of positive Type A flu tests to be 2009 H1N1 (swine) flu, according to a previous report.
Swine flu currently presents no greater health risk than typical seasonal flu, and the “rapidly evolving situation” is being closely monitored, according to Friday’s statement.
“At this time, public health is not recommending the closure of schools, cancellation of athletics or activities due to the H1N1 virus. It has not been demonstrated that closing or canceling these events has any effect on the virus circulating throughout the community,” according to the statement.
Seasonal flu shots are available at Summit County pharmacies and medical offices, but Summit County Public Health’s supply has been exhausted.
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