7-year-old Virginia boy dies after contracting flu and strep throat

7-year-old Virginia boy dies after contracting flu and strep throat

A 7-year-old Virginia boy died on Sunday, one day after he tested positive for the flu and strep throat.

The family has not been given an official cause for Kevin's death, but they are waiting on a report from the Medical Examiner.

The flu has taken the life of another child.

She said they recently lost another family member and can't afford all of Baynes' funeral expenses.

However, by Saturday morning Kevin was unable to walk or keep food down. The boy's mother took him to a local emergency room, where doctors diagnosed him with the flu and strep throat.

She said she let her son sleep Friday night, waiting to see if his condition improved. He was sent him with medicine for strep throat.

The 7-year-old left later that day with prescription medications - only to be rushed back Sunday morning after his sister found him cold and unconscious, according to news station WSET.

Kevin's parents called 911 and he was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Children are particularly vulnerable to the flu for a number of reasons, explains Dr. Claire Bocchini, an infectious disease specialist at Texas Children's Hospital.

"Watch your children closely", Samantha Baynes said.



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