‘He was fine’ | fifteen-year-aged Ga. student dies from flu

He&#8217s at least the 3rd pediatric dying in the state this flu year.

Adrianne Haney, WXIA
7:fifty two PM. EST February thirteen, 2018

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Officials have verified a fifteen-yr-aged college student at Cross Keys Large School has died as a consequence of flu issues.According to DeKalb County university officers, the teen was a student at Cross Keys Large University. Social media posts from fellow learners at the college recognized the teenager as 15-12 months-aged Miguel Martinez.Martinez, officers stated, died on Sunday, and the faculty learned about it Monday early morning. Officials explained it was the district&#8217s first flu-associated death.The district&#8217s superintendent, Dr. R. Stephen Inexperienced launched a statement Monday extending the school local community&#8217s sympathies to the Martinez family. 
&#8220The whole DeKalb County University District is saddened by the news that 1 of our possess has passed absent due to disease. Our views and prayers are with the pupil&#8217s household, liked types and peers in this unfortunate and trying time. Counselors will be manufactured obtainable to pupils and workers associates at Cross Keys Higher Faculty during this hard event.”

On the web, men and women named Martinez wise and welcoming. The fifteen-12 months-aged was the oldest of a few and was effectively-favored, even by folks who barely realized him. 11Alive&#8217s Faith Abubey spoke to pals of Martinez who stated the ailment seemingly came out of nowhere. 
Mariana Suastguan told 11Alive she noticed him final week and &#8220he was wonderful,&#8221 she stated. &#8220He was performing his function.&#8221
Juan Garcia is a childhood pal of Martinez. He explained he didn&#8217t think it when buddies initial told him of the 15-year-outdated&#8217s death, but now, he&#8217s obtaining to cope with the reduction.
&#8220When I found out he handed absent, I acquired actually unfortunate due to the fact he was like a single of my closest pals,&#8221 Garcia explained. &#8220I really trustworthy him and every thing. I’d go to him to discuss to him.&#8221
Meanwhile, Environmentally friendly explained the decline of a scholar &#8220crushes my coronary heart.&#8221 He advised 11Alive that the district has been going &#8220full court press&#8221 in trying to sanitize the structures and buses. 
&#8220(We&#8217re) creating sure we&#8217re wiping down everything with disinfectants,&#8221 Inexperienced stated. &#8220It can&#8217t completely get rid of the chance, but it can at the very least minimize the threat.&#8221
In mild of Martinez&#8217s death, Environmentally friendly is encouraging parents consider their youngsters to get the flu shot.
A lot of the United States is in the throes of 1 of the worst flu seasons in a although. So considerably in Ga, a whole of one,027 folks have been hospitalized with the flu, and 66 folks have died, in accordance to the most recent info from the Ga Division of Community Well being. Amongst these fatalities, the DPH has confirmed at least two children between the ages of five and seventeen, including a teen from Newnan, Ga. 
&#8216She was a beautiful and lively youthful girl.&#8217 Mothers and fathers remember teenager who died from flu issues
This most recent demise would be at the very least the third.