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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

US : H1N1 virus suspected in teacher's death

An article from Appeal Democrat :

" A first-year teacher at Cedar Lane Elementary School in Olivehurst is believed to have died of H1N1 virus complications.

Gigi Cartoscelli-Purdie, 47, of Yuba City, died early Saturday at Rideout Memorial Hospital, her husband, Jeff, said today. Purdie had been sent home from school Friday morning with flu-like symptoms.

Jeff Purdie said his wife had been battling a persistent cough for a couple of weeks and suffering from walking pneumonia; she had not gotten a flu shot.

"But it just happened so fast," Purdie said.

Autopsy results are pending, but her family believes Gigi Purdie died from severe complications of the H1N1 virus. She had also experienced liver malfunction, her husband said.

Autopsy results were expected by Wednesday."

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