Elementary School Student Killed by Flu in Central Maine. President Expected to Call for Assault Virus Ban

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children in classroomAn elementary school child from central Maine died last week from the flu, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday. The child was healthy before getting sick with influenza symptoms and had no underlying medical problems, said Dr. Sheila Pinette, director of the Maine CDC. “Our hearts go out to the family and the school and the community that had to suffer this tragedy,” she said. Pinette declined to release the child’s age or hometown. The child’s official residence remained unclear, she said. The death marks the first pediatric flu fatality in Maine this season. The last time influenza claimed the life of a child in the state was during the 2010-2011 flu season, when a vaccinated child from York County died. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)