Krishnee Naidoo
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28 May 2015
2:13 pm

KZN pre-schooler diagnosed with H1N1 virus

Krishnee Naidoo

The mother of the Brailsford Primary Grade R pupil in Phoenix, KwaZulu-Natal has confirmed her child was diagnosed with the H1N1 virus.

FILE PIC: A girl has her temperature checked. Pic: AFP PHOTO/CARL DE SOUZA

According to the parent, the child had bronchitis prior to being diagnosed with the H1N1 virus last week, Phoenix Sun reported.

“My daughter was recovering from bronchitis when she hurt her finger in school which turned slightly septic. Her immune system was already compromised at that point and then she took ill displaying symptoms of sore throat and a spike in her temperature. We initially believed that she was ill with a normal flu but when she was found to be unresponsive, we rushed her to hospital,” she said.

“Doctors diagnosed her with bronchial pneumonia and were concerned about her sore throat. A swab of her throat was conducted and sent for tests which revealed that she was ill with the H1N1 virus. She was isolated for three days, which is the recommended medical period during which the virus is said to be contagious. She is currently at home and is definitely well on the road to recovery,” the unidentified mother added.

She added: “My three other children and the rest of the family have been tested and proved negative for the virus. I have learnt that the virus is transmitted via coughing or sneezing and a compromised immune system is an easy target for such illnesses. At this point, we still do not know where she might have picked it up from.”

Deputy communications manager for the Department of Education, Sihle Mlotshwa, said the department did not have the mandate to confirm that the case at hand was the H1N1 virus. He added teachers at various schools were equipped to deal with the issue of communicable sickness should they suspect that there is a case, by taking the necessary precautions as was done at the Brailsford Primary School.

Parents of Brailsford Primary whose children display symptoms of a spiked temperature or a sore throat are advised to seek medical treatment urgently and request a swab test to determine if their children have been infected by the virus.

Caxton News Service