Authorities warn the public to take extra precautions against the flu this season when a community mourns the death of a 10-year-old Connecticut boy.
Nico Mallozzi's sudden death was the result of "Influenza type B complicated" by pneumonia, "confirmed a medical examiner to Fox 61.
Mallozzi, a fourth-grader from New Canaan, was in the Championship. the North America Cup with his hockey team, Connecticut Roughriders, in Buffalo, New York, when he started feeling ill. Mallozzi reportedly left the tournament early and was then transferred to a hospital, where he died on Sunday.
Dr David Reed, medical director of the New Canaan Health Department, told Fox 61 that both Mallozzi and his brother tested positive for type B flu. He urged his Mallozzi teammates and others who may have been exposed to the virus. see your doctor.
"I recommended and continue to recommend that people get vaccinated against the flu since there is a higher than normal number of cases this year," Reed added. "Even if it does not prevent influenza with t As successful as in previous years, it can nevertheless mitigate the symptoms and duration of the disease. "
The Roughriders hockey club updated the flu guidelines on its website on Tuesday, two days after Mallozzi's death – asking players to take "special precautions" during the next few weeks due to a recent increase in cases of influenza in the state.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mallozzi family at this time, it is a very sad day for all of us," the organization said in a statement on Sunday. "Nico was a great kid with a big smile and will be missed."
Former NHL hockey player Martin St. Louis shared a photo of Mallozzi on Twitter after he was 10 years old. the death of the old.
"Life is so fragile, this great child lost his life today," he tweeted on Sunday. "My heart hurts for its parents and siblings, I can not even imagine it." RIP Nico "
Dr. Bryan Luizzi, superintendent of New Canaan Public Schools, sent a letter to parents on Monday.
"Nico was a wonderful, enthusiastic and extroverted boy, known throughout the school for his good humor, unlimited energy and quick smile," Luizzi wrote in the letter, which was posted on the school website on Monday. "We will miss Nico terribly, and we will always cherish our memories of him as a vibrant and fun-loving child."
The school district has been in contact with health officials, who will provide more details on the cause of Mallozzi's death. Said Luizzi. Like Reed, Luizzi also asked children to get vaccinated against the flu recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
The flu is now widespread in all states except Hawaii, according to the latest CDC report. He has claimed the lives of at least 20 children in the United States so far this season, the CDC said.
"Influenza activity will probably continue for several more weeks," the CDC warned in the report.
"Each and every teammate will miss you so much!"
A mother of one of Mallozi's fellow Roughrider set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for funeral expenses. The fundraising campaign received almost $ 74,000 in contributions in less than 24 hours.
"Our hockey family is ready to join the Mallozzi family … as the rest of the 2007 Roughriders have said #NicoStrong," Kirsten Morin, the creator of the campaign, posted on the site. "Each and every one of your teammates will miss you so much, not to mention the parents who were often recruited to help tie your skates over the years."