Another Major Flu Outbreak in Australia: 13-Year-Old Boy Killed by the Deadly Virus That Leads to Sepsis and Death in Just 24 Hours

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A dangerous flu outbreak in Australia that can cause sepsis is causing doctors to push for vaccination after a teenager died.

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Dangerous flu

Health authorities in Australia are warning people about the deadly effects of catching the flu that can lead to a bacterial infection known as sepsis, which can kill rapidly.

A 13-year-old boy who was healthy and active died after catching the flu, Dailymail reports. Thomas Snell’s condition rapidly became worse after he caught a cold while on a rugby tour.

He went to the doctor and was told to rest up and drink fluids – but he never became well again. Thomas’s aunt, Yvette Clarke, told Nine News her nephew was battling to cope with the virus.

‘He was not settling. He couldn’t sleep, he was really restless and in pain. ‘It was 24 to 48 hours that he was in that state – a deathly state.’

Thomas was put on life support five hours later after contracting sepsis. His organs shut down as his body tried to fight the bacterial infection, and 18 days later he died.

‘There was nothing they could do to save him. If he had have survived he would have been a quad amputee.’

According to statistics, about 18,000 people in Australia are diagnosed with sepsis each year and 5000 of those die as a result – more than car crash and breast and prostate cancer deaths combined.

Doctors are urging people to get flu shots in order to avoid a killer virus – and vaccine supplies are running low as the peak of the season hits.

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What is sepsis?

Sepsis, also known as blood poisoning, occurs when the body reacts to an infection by attacking its own organs and tissues. Worldwide, someone dies from the condition every 3.5 seconds.

Sepsis has similar symptoms to flu, gastroenteritis and a chest infection.

These include:

  • Slurred speech or confusion
  • Extreme shivering or muscle pain
  • Passing no urine in a day
  • Severe breathlessness
  • It feels like you are dying
  • Skin mottled or discoloured

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