The State Health Department is looking to see if the deaths of two children in Southern Colorado are linked to the flu epidemic in our state.
The latest death is in Pueblo. The Pueblo County Health Department officials tell KKTV 11 News that a toddler passed away Wednesday night. They strongly suspect the child had the flu.
An 11-year old girl in the D-11 School District died Wednesday afternoon. She was a 6th grade student at Emerson-Edison Elementary. District Superintendent Dr. Norm Ridder announced her death at Wednesday night’s School Board meeting. "She was a very precious child---sweet, loving, had great attendance and worked hard at school."
Counselors are at the school Thursday to help the children deal with the loss of their classmate.
The principal has this message for parents. "We just hope parents take the stand, if any child is sick they're going to keep them home so we don't continue to spread the virus,” said Carla Blum.
Harrison District 2 and Academy District 20 schools are sending notes home with all students Thursday, to alert parents about the dangers of the flu.