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A 5-year-old woman from Brooklyn died over the weekend after first responders discovered her unconscious and rushed her to an space hospital
The Division of Well being is now wanting into whether or not the woman’s dying is flu-related
If the DOH determines the woman did died from the flu, it might be New York Metropolis’s fourth youngster dying linked to the virus this season
A 5-year-old woman died of the flu over the weekend, marking New York Metropolis’s fourth such pediatric dying this season, well being officers confirmed Monday, whereas a New Jersey kindergartener’s dying is being investigated as flu-related, officers there say.
Within the case of the New York Metropolis woman, her panicked mom reached out to her neighbors for assist when she discovered the kid unconscious of their Canarsie house round eight p.m. Saturday, emergency responders and witnesses had stated. One neighbor ran in to offer the woman CPR whereas one other referred to as 911.
First responders discovered the kid unconscious; they tried to resuscitate her, however she was pronounced lifeless at a hospital. Neighbors stated the household complained concerning the baby having a fever previous to her demise.
Well being officers stated no further details about the New York Metropolis baby can be launched. In a press release, authorities referred to as the woman’s demise tragic and urged anybody who had not been vaccinated towards the virus to take action instantly.
It wasn’t clear if the kid had acquired a flu shot.
The New Jersey baby was a kindergartner at Lincoln Faculty in North Bergen, the place she attended class Friday and was not sick, officers stated. She died at an area hospital, and the varsity discovered of her demise Monday.
The varsity shall be notifying mother and father Tuesday, and grief counselors can be out there.
The New Jersey Division of Well being, nevertheless, stated it had not acquired any studies of a second pediatric flu dying within the state as of Monday afternoon.
This yr’s flu season is now as dangerous because the swine flu epidemic back in 2009. Final week, an 8-year-old girl from Queens died from the flu. Pediatric deaths have additionally been reported in Connecticut and New Jersey.
Final flu season, there have been six flu-related baby deaths in New York Metropolis, and 106 nationwide. Since 2004, anyplace from zero to eight pediatric flu deaths have been reported to the town’s well being division. With two months left of the 2017-18 season, well being officers warn anybody who could also be affected to hunt medical care as quickly as potential, notably individuals with compromised immune techniques, youngsters, pregnant ladies and aged individuals.
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