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Columbus First Grader Dies After Testing Positive For Scarlet Fever, Flu

Last updated on Sunday, February 4, 2018

(COLUMBUS) - A Columbus first-grader who tested positive for scarlet fever and other illnesses passed away on Thursday.

An autopsy was conducted on Friday. The coroner said Jessie tested positive for influenza B, strep throat and scarlet fever. An official cause of death has not been released, pending further tests which could take up to three weeks.

Scarlet fever is a disease that can occur as a result of a strep throat infection. It is most common in children between the ages of 5-15. Its symptoms include sore throat, fever, headaches, swollen lymph nodes and a red, bumpy rash that feels like sandpaper. There is no vaccine for scarlet fever.

In a statement, Superintendent Jim Roberts said, "BCSC has notified Dr. Roy Goode, the school corporation's physician, the Bartholomew County Health Department and the Indiana State Department of Health. Although there is no reporting requirement about illness rates until the absence rate reaches 20 percent, Roberts said BCSC's rate is hovering around 5 percent and it is imperative that the school corporation share information about the spread of germs."

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