NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Flu fears have been on the rise Sunday, after the virus a fourth youngster died in New York Metropolis Saturday night time after struggling flu signs.
Greater than 60 youngsters nationwide have been killed by the flu this yr in comparison with solely 20 this time final yr. The newest sufferer, a 5-year-old woman in Brooklyn, had flu-like signs on Friday.
As CBS2’s Ali Bauman reported, the 5-year-old woman was discovered lifeless in her house in Brownsville simply someday after a 3rd New York Metropolis baby died from the virus.
The New York Metropolis Medical Examiner’s workplace was nonetheless operating checks late Sunday to find out the exact explanation for the woman’s dying. However sources stated the day earlier than that little woman died, her mom was making an attempt to get her fever to interrupt — giving her Tylenol even placing her in a chilly tub.
However it was already too late.
The drugs did deliver the woman’s temperature down, just for it to spike again up quickly after, sources stated. Sources say her mom discovered her unresponsive Saturday night.
The woman was rushed to Brookdale College Hospital and Medical Middle the place she was pronounced lifeless.
Nelson Martis heard the mom’s determined pleas by means of his house door Saturday night.
“She was sitting on the ground holding her daughter; cradling her daughter, simply making an attempt to say: ‘Get up! Don’t depart me, please!’” Martis stated.
Martis and different neighbors referred to as 911 and tried to assist the mom resuscitate her youngster.
“I attempted, however I feel the daughter was already gone,” he stated.
When medics arrived, the mom was inconsolable.
“They have been a household that was all the time collectively – in all places she went, the youngsters went together with her,” Martis stated. “By no means seen them aside.”
It wasn’t instantly clear if the woman was vaccinated, however with greater than two months left within the season officers say it isn’t too late — everybody ought to be.
The woman’s demise got here simply in the future after the Division of Well being and Psychological Hygiene reported a 3rd New York Metropolis baby died from influenza to date this season. Nationally, that quantity is 63 youngsters.
“It’s scary as a result of it’s a actuality now,” Martis stated. “You possibly can learn it within the information, however when it’s at your door, it’s a actuality.”
This season’s severity now rivals the 2009 swine flu pandemic, with the newest report from the Facilities for Illness Management displaying one out of each 13 visits to the physician final week was for flu-like sicknesses.
Appearing Director for the CDC Dr. Anne Schuchat says they’ve counted extra hospitalizations for the flu this season than even the extreme 2014-2015 season. Native well being professionals have even observed the weird surge.
“We’re seeing a mean of 150 a day,” Dr. Michael Tugetman stated.
Officers remind everybody the flu season runs by means of might, so there’s nonetheless loads of time to get vaccinated.