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  • somebodyoutthere
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    Blog post from a WMS parent regarding this death & the school's handling of it:
    http://sassymolassy.blogspot.com/2009/09/wwsd.html

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  • Shiloh
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    Source: http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/dpp/swin...ine_Flu_Victim

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    Pastor Speaks on First Swine Flu Victim
    White Station Student Passes from H1N1

    Updated: Thursday, 10 Sep 2009, 6:36 PM CDT
    Published : Thursday, 10 Sep 2009, 6:35 PM CDT

    * Lauren Johnson

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Family members of the White Station Middle School student who died of the Swine Flu are making funeral arrangements. Michael Howse Jr. passed away Monday morning. Today, his pastor spoke about the vibrant boy who attended Sunday school.

    He was not just a star athlete. Michael Howse Jr. was a standout student receiving top honors from two universities for his high performance in the classroom. Now his pastor is helping the family make final arrangements as they grieve the loss of their only son.

    Pastor Brandon Porter, senior pastor at Greater Community Temple Church of God in Christ, calls Howse "intelligent, career-conscious, well mannered young man."

    The adjectives aren't hard to come by as he remembers Michael Howse Jr.

    "Mike was loved here in the church, and so many of the children, their hearts are broken by this. He was just a fun person and character."

    The 8th grade White Station Middle School student died suddenly on Monday at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. The star athlete and student suffered with H1N1 Swine Flu symptoms a week before his death.

    "The parents told me it was just a scratchy throat, sore throat, complaining of that late that night."

    His parents took him to his doctor who referred him to Le Bonheur Hospital where he was admitted into the Intensive Care Unit. Doctors later told the family Howse had a 50-50 chance of surviving.

    "I was there till the end, so I was there, when he was not coherent at all."

    When asked how the family was holding up under such tragic circumstances, Pastor Porter said amazingly well.

    "I said to Veda, I said 'well God is God," and she said 'no pastor God is good.' Even in this they have been remarkably good."

    Proud parents of a son who played basketball, football, ran track, and played in the band while keeping a 4.5 grade point average. He was inducted into the Junior Honor Society, and recognized by Vanderbilt and Duke Universities for scoring in the top 15 percent as a seventh grader on the ACT.

    "If there is anything good to come out of this, is to expose there is still some young, and even young black men that are making 4.0, 8th graders, and playing all these sports."

    The funeral for Michael Howse is on Saturday at 2pm at the Greater Community Temple at 5151 Winchester Road.

    Howse leaves behind a sister, and both his parents, who are pushing to create a foundation bearing the boy's name.

    White Station Middle School is also planning several activities in the boy's honor.

    For complete swine flu coverage, visit the page on our website. We have the statement from the Howse Family posted there as well.

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  • tesseract
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    This kid didn't have any chronic underlying health conditions that anyone around him knew about. He was a football player and from what I've been told, a pretty healthy kid.

    I did hear that he may have had a staph infection though. Can't confirm that. No 'links' or anything. I live in the area and that's what I was told by someone else. I understand that isn't too uncommon among football players

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  • Chuck
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    http://www.myeyewitnessnews.com/news...sqkcR1qtQ.cspx


    School Leaders Talk About Swine Flu after Student?s Death
    Reported by: Jackie McPherson
    Email: jmcpherson@myeyewitnessnews.com
    Contributor: Shane Myers

    [photo]
    Michael Howse, an eighth-grader from White Station Middle School, died after his battle with Swine Flu.

    MEMPHIS, TN -- The day after the death of White Station Middle School student Michael Howse, parents in the area say they are very concerned about the Swine Flu.

    Shalisa Dixon Burroughs wears a mask because she doesn?t want to get sick. She took a friend?s child to see a doctor, Tuesday, September 8, just a day after the announcement of Shelby County?s first Swine Flu death.

    ?We got to Le Bonheur and everyone was wearing masks, so I decided to put mine on,? Burroughs said.

    Burroughs says her own children are in the Memphis City School system and wants to know what officials are going to do to keep students safe in the classroom.

    Today, Tuesday, September 8, 2009, school leaders along with the Memphis/Shelby County Health Department held a news conference to talk about Swine Flu -- H1N1. During the news conference, Memphis City Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash said three letters to parents have been sent out, informing them about the Swine Flu.

    Cash admitted during the news conference, until a swine flu vaccine becomes available in the Mid-South, students are vulnerable. He says Schools are taking steps to help prevent the spread of germs. Bathrooms are cleaned three times a day and sanitizing materials are kept stocked among other safety measures.

    ?There?s no greater sorrow that I can imagine as a parent and as an educator,? Cash said when talking about the death of eighth-grader Michael Howse.

    Cash says he is watching two schools right now, because of the high number of children out due to illness. He would not name the schools, but said White Station Middle is not one of them and there are no plans to close any MCS schools.

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  • Chuck
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    http://www.wreg.com/wreg-h1n1-press-...0,264375.story

    Officials React To 13 Year-Old's H1n1 Death

    Shaun Chaiyabhat

    3:24 PM CDT, September 8, 2009
    Officials React To 13 Year-Old's H1n1 Death

    FAST FACTS:

    * 13 Year-old died Monday from H1N1
    * Officials not releasing whether child had additional underlying medical problems
    * "It is a time of sadness for all of us."


    (Memphis 9/8/09) Health officials send strong suggestions to everyone in the Mid-South as the H1N1 flu claims its first victim in Shelby County.

    Students wore black one day after a 13 year-old White Station Middle School football player died from H1N1. School officials have sent out mass messages to parents, highlighting efforts to prevent the spread of the virus.

    "Locker rooms and athletic facilities are also a high-priority area for cleaning and disinfecting with the same national standard disinfectant materials that all of our custodians use," says Memphis City Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash. "That occurs each day at the end of the day, at the end of practice."

    Concerns that the teen may have had an underlying medical problem contributing to his death were not answered. However, the virus most affects children with medical conditions. School officials are watching at least one school very closely due to a drop in attendance. There is no plan to close any schools, but parents are being given strong warnings.

    "Our concern is heightened now that the disease has personalized itself here in this community through the loss of a child," says Shelby County Health Department Director Yvonne Matlock.

    Hospitals flooded with flu patients are urging people to see primary doctors first, saying while the majority of flus are H1N1, most people recover. Doctors say only go to the emergency room when your flu symptoms include nausea, vomiting, sustained fever, trouble breathing, or the flu gets worse instead of better. Officials say H1N1 will be a marathon, and it will continue through the year. The message is for everyone to get a seasonal flu vaccine, to help weed out regular flu from H1N1.

    "We can not shut down our lives," says Dr. Kenneth Robinson, Shelby County Health Officer. "If someone is sick, we are asking, imploring, pleading and re-emphasizing today, stay home."

    Copyright ? 2009, WREG-TV

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  • Tonka
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    http://www.wreg.com/wreg-h1n1-press-...0,264375.story

    Updated: 30 minutes ago

    Officials React To 13 Year-Old's H1n1 Death
    Shaun Chaiyabhat
    3:24 PM CDT, September 8, 2009


    13 Year-old died Monday from H1N1
    Officials not releasing whether child had additional underlying medical problems
    "It is a time of sadness for all of us."

    (Memphis 9/8/09) Health officials send strong suggestions to everyone in the Mid-South as the H1N1 flu claims its first victim in Shelby County.

    Students wore black one day after a 13 year-old White Station Middle School football player died from H1N1. School officials have sent out mass messages to parents, highlighting efforts to prevent the spread of the virus.

    "Locker rooms and athletic facilities are also a high-priority area for cleaning and disinfecting with the same national standard disinfectant materials that all of our custodians use," says Memphis City Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash. "That occurs each day at the end of the day, at the end of practice."

    Concerns that the teen may have had an underlying medical problem contributing to his death were not answered. However, the virus most affects children with medical conditions. School officials are watching at least one school very closely due to a drop in attendance. There is no plan to close any schools, but parents are being given strong warnings.

    "Our concern is heightened now that the disease has personalized itself here in this community through the loss of a child," says Shelby County Health Department Director Yvonne Matlock.

    Hospitals flooded with flu patients are urging people to see primary doctors first, saying while the majority of flus are H1N1, most people recover. Doctors say only go to the emergency room when your flu symptoms include nausea, vomiting, sustained fever, trouble breathing, or the flu gets worse instead of better. Officials say H1N1 will be a marathon, and it will continue through the year. The message is for everyone to get a seasonal flu vaccine, to help weed out regular flu from H1N1.

    "We can not shut down our lives," says Dr. Kenneth Robinson, Shelby County Health Officer. "If someone is sick, we are asking, imploring, pleading and re-emphasizing today, stay home."
    Copyright ? 2009, WREG-TV

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  • Shiloh
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    Source: http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/dpp/news...from_Swine_Flu

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    * Shelby County Sees First Swine Flu?

    Memphis Student Passes
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    White Station Middle Student Passes
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    * Lauren Lee
    Updated: Monday, 07 Sep 2009, 9:22 PM CDT
    Published : Monday, 07 Sep 2009, 9:21 PM CDT


    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The first Memphis Swine Flu death is a White Station Middle School student, says former classmates.

    For the privacy of the family, FOX13 will not release the name of the young man who passed away. The health department says the child contracted the H1N1 virus last week and died Monday.

    The death of the 8th grade boy is a shock to those in the White Station community.

    "It's just sad knowing one of our friends died," says former classmate Skyler Summers. "And why?"

    "I remember him being a great guy, he was a really good athlete, always in gym, always participating in all the activities that we did," says former classmate Allan Williams. "He was a great guy."

    The former classmates of the student say he was very popular and a talented athlete. They say he was the star of the football team and the track team at White Station Middle School.

    "He was on almost every team we had, he was really strong and everyone knew him as the athlete and its just weird that he got sick," says former classmate Jessica Enrighce. "You would think he would be the one with a good immune system, not the one who got sick."

    The Health Department is investigating if any underlying health issues contributed to the child's death.

    The Health Department also says we are likely to see the H1N1 virus continue to spread in Shelby County. For students, the possibility of contracting the Swine Flu is a very real fear.

    "A couple of our teachers just got over Swine Flu," says former classmate Samantha Alexander. "They were the main ones talking about, wash your hands, keep clean."

    A spokesperson for Memphis City Schools has not returned our call for comment, but the school board President stated that schools will be open tomorrow.

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  • Shiloh
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    Source: http://www.wreg.com/wreg-swinefludea...,3647008.story

    White Station Middle School Student Dies From Swine Flu

    Kelly Hessedal

    9:15 PM CDT, September 7, 2009
    White Station Middle School Student Dies From Swine Flu FAST FACTS:

    * 13-year-old boy dies from H1N1 virus
    * Health Department is investigating any contributing factors to his death
    * News Conference scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on WREG


    (Memphis 9/7/2009) The H1N1 virus took the life of a 13-year-old White Station Middle School Student Monday.

    The Shelby County Health Department hasn't released the name of this child yet. He was admitted to the hospital last week.

    "We all miss him and love him," said Alexis Kelley.

    She has fond memories of the 8th grader who died.

    "He was just so nice, he would hang up my backpack for me because I couldn't reach my locker, and he was always like let me reach it for you," she said.

    Kelley describes the teen as a popular student and a talented football player.

    The health department has received several reports of flu-like illnesses from folks across Shelby County. A spokesperson says compared to the seasonal flu, the H1N1 virus is hitting young people particularly hard.

    Bradley Martin says teachers have been educating them about taking safety precautions. News of his friend's death hits too close to home.

    "It's kind of scary, knowing someone that died from it," he said.

    Parent Ida Kelley says this serves as a wake-up call.

    "You think it could've been my child, my heart goes out to the parents," she said.

    Meanwhile her daughter struggles to understand why her friend's gone.

    "You're too young, we all loved you, I'm really gonna miss you, we all will," said Kelley.

    The decision on whether to close a school is left up to the individual school. Phone calls and e-mails to Memphis City Schools were not returned as of late Monday night.

    The health department is holding a news conference Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. Stay tuned to WREG. We will carry it live on News Channel3 as well as at wreg.com..

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  • Pathfinder
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    Swine Flu claims Shelby County child


    Posted: Sep 07, 2009 5:55 PM CDT
    Updated: Sep 07, 2009 5:55 PM CDT


    MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Shelby County child has died of the H1N1 virus, commonly known as Swine Flu, officials at the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department said Monday.

    Officials did not release the name or age of the child, who died at a local hospital.

    Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center announced last week that its intake in the E.R. was filled with twice as many children as usual with flu symptoms.

    Officials at Le Bonheur said they had seen around 100 cases of Swine Flu.

    The boy who died Monday came down with the illness last week. Health professionals are investigating if underlying medical conditions contributed to his death.

    Health Department officials noted that the Shelby County child's death reflects what is happening around the world, as young people are more prone to die from H1N1 than the seasonal flu.


    http://www.wmctv.com/global/story.asp?s=11087622

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    Memphis area: Child Dies From H1N1

    Local Child Dies From H1N1

    5:08 p.m. CDT, September 7, 2009


    MEMPHIS AND SHELBY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES H1N1 DEATH MEMPHIS, Tenn. -

    The Memphis and Shelby County Health Department received confirmation today of the death of a child as a result of H1N1 influenza. The child became ill last week and died today at a local hospital. Health professionals are determining if any underlying medical conditions may have contributed to his death. Kenneth S. Robinson, M.D., Shelby County Health Officer, announced that this is the first known death in Shelby County as a result of H1N1 influenza. "At this particularly difficult time, we want to convey our sincere condolences to the family of this child," Robinson said. "While we realize that most individuals may only experience a mild illness, this death is a somber reminder that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu-related complications and about 36,000 people die from flu-related causes each year," he added. Symptoms of H1N1 influenza - which are similar to the seasonal flu - include fever, muscle aches and either a cough, sore throat or runny nose. Headaches, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea may also occur. Most people who are ill will recover and do not require specific testing or treatment. But, Robinson noted that "this child's death reflects what we've seen around the world. H1N1 is disproportionately impacting young people, compared to seasonal flu." The Health Department is receiving many reports of flu-like illness from individuals, schools, physicians, and employers throughout Shelby County. "Due to the likely magnitude of the spread of the virus, the Health Department expects to see a continued increase in influenza-like illness due to the H1N1 strain in the next several weeks," according to Yvonne Madlock, Director of the Health Department. "Following CDC guidelines, our plans are being aggressively implemented to help prevent the spread of H1N1 in our county." Young children, pregnant women, and people who suffer from chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease are priority groups to receive the H1N1 vaccine due to an increased risk of complications from the flu. The H1N1 vaccine is expected to be available in October. However, infants less than six months of age are particularly vulnerable because they are too young to receive flu vaccines, so individuals who care for them are also a priority group to receive the vaccine. "We are still early in the flu season; and we know that many adults and children will become ill prior to the availability of the H1N1 vaccine, and that the H1N1 virus is likely to be with us well into next summer. Given that, we want to encourage everyone to continue practicing social distancing and good hygiene in order to minimize exposure," Robinson said. -MORE- Memphis and Shelby County Health Department Announces H1N1 Death Page Two The Health Department is encouraging people to take the following preventive precautions: . Get the regular seasonal flu shot available now at all Health Department-operated public health clinics and most retail pharmacies. . Avoid close contact with people who are sick. . Cover coughs and sneezes using the crook of your elbow or tissue. . Wash hands often with warm, soapy water and especially after coughing or sneezing. If water and soap is unavailable, use an alcohol-based sanitizer. . Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. . Adults and children should stay at home if they have symptoms of fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 37.8 Celsius or greater) and respiratory symptoms including cough, sore throat, runny nose, nasal congestion, body aches, vomiting or diarrhea. People who are sick should not return to school or work until 24 hours after they are free of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications. . Parents should seek medical care from their child's doctor if they are experiencing a fever and respiratory symptoms. However, if the child experiences symptoms including trouble breathing, bluish skin color, not drinking enough fluids, irritability, fever with a rash or flu-like symptoms improve and then return with a fever and a worse cough, then parents should seek emergency assistance. For more information about H1N1, go to www.flu.gov or www.shelbycountytn.gov. Citizens can also call the Health Department's recorded information line, 901.544.6969, or to speak with a person, call the 2-1-1 line at the Memphis Public Library and Information Center. The hours of operation are: Monday - Thursday from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Friday - Saturday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 1-5 p.m.


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