Ashanti Grinage, 4, died of pneumonia for flu complications, according to Texas health officials. (Photo: Ashanti Brielle Grinage / Gofundme)
The 4-year-old daughter, Ashanti Grinage, developed a high fever on January 29th. She was brought to the emergency room where she was diagnosed with flu and sent home with medicine, according to her father Martel Grinage.
Two days later, she died. Grinage told Dallas News WFAA that doctors could not diagnose her daughter's persistent cough as pneumonia.
"Tuesday when he went to the doctor, he had pneumonia and we did not know," he said. 19659007] The Garland family, Texas, said their 4-year-old child did not receive a flu shot. His death came during an influenza season that did not seem as urgent as last year because there were fewer deaths. Last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control, influenza complications caused the death of 180 children.
But the influence is starting to hit some communities hard. Schools are closing and administrators are struggling to find enough substitutes to replace sick teachers.
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The family reported Ashanti to the emergency room on Thursday when he was experiencing heavy fatigue and coughing mucus.  "The doctors told me that when they got there, his lungs were full of pneumonia and they did the best they could do," Grinage said.
Grinage told ABC 13 that she wanted to ask doctors to check her only child for infection the first time she was in the emergency room.
"I'm angry with myself, I'm angry at everyone, I'm angry at the hospital, I'm angry at God," he said. "I can not lie to you."
The influenza epidemic closes four schools
The latest CDC weekly report shows that 28 children have died this flu season.
But New York City and 24 states, such as Colorado, Indiana, and Virginia, are reporting "high" activities. Influenza epidemics are responsible for closing schools in at least four states.
Some of the school administrators said they were using closing time to clean and disinfect the school of influenza germs.
Influenza activity level report (Image: CDC)
Kemper County in the east of Mississippi calls out of classes Monday, February 11th and Tuesday, February 12th because of the influence. Superintendent Jackie Pollock says 100 students with flu symptoms were absent from elementary and high school during the last week. Pollock said closing schools will allow students to rest and visit doctors.
In the north of Mississippi, the North Tippah school district and the South Tippah school district have canceled classes on Friday due to the disease. The staff used the closure to clean the classrooms to remove the germs that cause the flu. News outlets reported up to 350 students absent due to influence in school districts last week.
A school system in North Carolina erased classes for students and staff on Friday February 8th due to influence. Phyllis Yates, superintendent of the Ashe County public schools, said that 452 students were ill from the five system schools and the initial training center. Another 38 students who came to school were sent home. Thirty teachers were ill and it was not possible to find substitutes to replace them. Yates said job crews will disinfect the schools while the lessons have been canceled.
An elementary and middle school in Northern Alabama were closed three days last week because the district was having trouble finding substitutes to due to staff absences. Lawrence County School Superintendent, Jon Bret Smith, told reporters that families from Moulton Elementary School and Moulton Middle School should use the time needed to recover.
Three school districts of Idaho close at the beginning of this month, a district after a huge number of its students were absent at because of the influence.
Firth, Shelley and the school districts of Fremont in eastern Idaho have closed their schools because of a record number of absences for one or more days, reports the Idaho State Journal.
The school district of Fremont closed the day after a third of his body of study did not "Because of" similar illnesses to the flu, "the newspaper reported
" It falls from the air and lands on a shopping cart, remote controls and doorknobs, "Eastern Idaho public health surveillance epidemiologist Mike Taylor said influenza virus." Wash your hands often when you leave a public area, disinfect and wash your hands. "
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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