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CORPUS CHRISTI — A 12-year-old Flour Bluff student died of swine flu Tuesday after her brain swelled because of the virus, Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District officials reported. The girl, whose name isn’t being released by authorities, is the first child to die of swine flu in Nueces County. Her death is the fifth in the county related to the H1N1 virus. The Flour Bluff Intermediate School she attended and others in the district were being thoroughly cleaned Tuesday and will remain open, officials said. The sixth-grader was admitted Saturday to Driscoll Children’s Hospital. She played soccer Thursday and didn’t feel well that night, Nueces County health authority Dr. William Burgin said. The girl stayed home from school Friday and was in the hospital’s intensive care unit during the weekend, he said. At the hospital Saturday, doctors performed a brain scan on the girl and results were normal, he said. But within hours, the girl developed brain swelling and was placed on a ventilator. Hospital doctors pronounced her brain-dead Monday and she died Tuesday, Burgin said.
All four children fully recovered without complications after being treated at a Dallas hospital, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The announcement did not surprise doctors accustomed to seeing complications in the brain caused by the seasonal flu viruses that circulate every year.
"It's completely to be expected given that so far this novel H1N1 flu is behaving like the seasonal flu that we are familiar with," said Dr. Anne Mascona, a professor of pediatrics and microbiology at the Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Because flu-related brain complications are more common in children than in adults, and swine flu seems to infect children more often than adults, experts expect to see more cases of children who develop swine-flu-related neurological complications as the pandemic continues.
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to oseltamivir.
Before taking oseltamivir, tell your doctor if you have used a nasal flu vaccine (FluMist) within the past 2 weeks, or if you have:
a condition causing swelling or disorder of the brain; or
any other serious disease or health problem.
Also I found out that aspirin also can cause brain swelling in children so that is also a factor.
Also I doubt that the parents will be asking for full autopsy report with the sadness and pain they most be feeling.