Massachusetts health officers confirmed the state’s third pediatric flu demise of the season on Tuesday. The dying of a second baby from Middlesex County was reported Tuesday to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The sufferer is 4-year-previous Puthiraskmey Sopheak, of Lowell. Her father, Sopheak Paak, stated he rushed her to Lowell Basic Hospital final Tuesday when her fever hit 99 levels, and he or she began coughing blood.
Peak stated the hospital despatched them dwelling that day and instructed him to present his daughter Tylenol. She appeared higher however he stated issues took a pointy activate Saturday. “I attempted to name to 911 (for an) emergency,” Peak stated. “(I instructed them), ‘I do not know tips on how to assist her.'”
Ambulances arrived on the residence; however, she died later that day. She had arrived in America in September from Cambodia, which makes Paak ponder whether she died from the flu or one thing else. He’s awaiting a report from a hospital in Boston and for the official reason behind demise from the medical expert.
Lowell General Hospital launched the next assertion: “We provide our deepest sympathies and condolences to the household over the tragic lack of their daughter. Affected person privateness guidelines prohibit us from commenting any additional right now.” There have now been three flu-related pediatric deaths this season within the state — an adolescent male from Worcester County and two feminine youngsters from Middlesex County. There was one flu-related pediatric demise in Massachusetts final yr.
This year’s flu season in Massachusetts by January has mirrored final 12 months in that exercise has been widespread and extreme. “January and February are usually the peaks of the flu season, and flu-associated problems may end up in very critical, life-threatening sickness and even demise, amongst each kid and adults,” the Massachusetts Division of Health stated. Studies of each influenza-like sickness and flu-associated hospitalizations have each leveled off in the previous few weeks. Nevertheless, peak flu exercise often lasts via March.
The Division of Public Health urges folks to get vaccinated, to scrub their palms, cowl their coughs and sneezes and keep house when sick to restrict the unfold of illness. The U.S. Facilities for Illness Management estimates there are between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths resulting from problems of flu in the USA annually. Based mostly on nationwide calculations, DPH estimates between 250 and 1,100 Massachusetts residents die yearly from problems of influenza.