December 9, 2003 
Updated December 16, 2003

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8 December 2003: Associated Press, Health Experts Closely Monitor Flu in Children: 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it is particularly concerned about a staph infection that is resistant to
common drugs. One epidemiologist with the influenza branch of CDC says some children have died from the staph infections, a phenomenon the CDC has not seen before. 

Flu complications for children have always been dire: pneumonia, kidney and heart failure -- and possible brain damage. But this year young flu patients have swamped hospitals in some states, and surprised doctors with the severity of their illnesses. Flu and its complications are the sixth leading cause of death nationally among children age four and younger.

  • Update of practice guidelines for the management of community-acquired pneumonia in immunocompetent adults: Infectious Diseases Society of America, Clinical Infectious Diseases, 2003;37:1405-1433. See also: New guidelines give specifics for pneumonia care, American Medical Association News, Dec. 22/29, 2003.
  • MRSA and VRE: Preventing Patient-to-Patient Spread: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and vancomycin- resistant Enterococcus are two of the most important antibiotic-resistant organisms that cause nosocomial infections. Rates of resistance among these organisms have increased significantly over the last decade. The reservoir for transmission consists of colonized and infected patients, many of whom have gone unidentified in US hospitals because cultures were never requested for them. Appropriate use of antibiotics, hand hygiene, and decontamination of the environment and equipment are recognized steps to reduce the spread of resistant organisms. Use of surveillance cultures and contact precautions are also very effective ways to control nosocomial spread of these organisms. Salgado, Farr,  Infect Med 20(4):194-200, 2003, Medscape.
Related Information
American Medical Association Veterinary Public Health Related News
  • Flu, staph infection deadly: Theresa Lannetti wasn't worried after the first call from her son, Ricky, a senior at Lycoming College.  "He told me he had a virus, probably a 24-hour thing," she said, recalling the Dec. 2 conversation. It was Ricky's second call three days later - at 4 a.m. - that made Lannetti immediately drive 180 miles from her Philadelphia home to the small Central Pennsylvania college. 12/16/2003.
  • Football player's autopsy shows he died of staph infection: WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — An autopsy conducted Monday on a Lycoming football player shows he died of a staph infection, four days after the onset of flu-like symptoms, Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. said. Ricky Lannetti, a 21-year-old senior from Philadelphia, died Saturday evening at Williamsport Hospital, about 12 hours after he was admitted. 12/8/2003. 

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