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Swine Flu Death?
Wednesday, 21 October 2009

October 21--  The family of a Vidalia man who died last month claims his death was due to pneumonia and complications from the H1N1 (swine flu) virus.  However, the state health department says it can't confirm that conclusion.

Twenty-six-year old Joshua Eric Harrison, a teacher at Pinewood Christian Academy, died nearly two weeks after being admitted to a Macon hospital with flu-like symptons.  His mother, Mrs. Lee Harrison, told the Tattnall Journal the hospital doctors diagnosed her son's disease as Swine Flu.

However, a press spokesman at the Southeast Health District in Waycross says the health department has been unable to confirm the diagnosis and is not listing Harrison as a swine flu victim.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Harrison told the paper she is urging parents not to wait to see a doctor if their kids have a cough or cold that doesn't get better.

(Editor's Note:  The family of Joshua Harrison says the paper misquoted them and has asked the paper for a retraction.  See related story by clicking PREV below.)

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