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Monday, September 26, 2011

Canada : Teen dies from infection

Via Vancouver Sun :

" A Surrey teenager who died this week of a bacterial infection, apparently succumbed to a strain of meningococcal meningitis for which there is currently no vaccine, according to a health official.

The most likely cause of 15-year-old Brandon Kurtz's death was bacterial meningococcal infection, according to a letter sent to parents, guardians and staff members at Clayton Heights secondary in Surrey on Thursday to notify them that the Grade 10 student had died from a bacterial infection. The letter further reassured them the general public need not be worried.

Dr. Helena Swinkels, the medical health officer who wrote the letter, said in an interview the risk to the general public "is no different now than it would have been a month ago."

"It is always of concern, and a real tragedy, when a child dies," Swinkels told The Sun on Friday."

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