Student death involved swine flu

Sumter County Coroner Harvin Bullock announced the cause of death in the case of 11-year-old Ashlie Pipkin.
Bullock said that they received word from Newberry Pathology Associates this morning. “The Department of Health and Environmental Control and the CDC said that the cause of death of Ashley Pipkin was basically sepsis with bronchitis and acute pneumonia, and the underlying cause of all of the above was the H1 N1 Swine Flu.”
She died last week after her family says that she had flu-like symptoms and developed pneumonia.
More than 108 students were absent when Laurence Manning Academy reopened Monday after closing last Tuesday amid reports of influenza, strep throat and other respiratory illnesses.
Headmaster Spencer Jordan said that the majority of their absentees on Monday were from K-3 through fourth grade.  The school closed on Sept. 22 after more than 280 students failed to report for classes; one-sixth of the school’s staff was also absent. The administration closed the school to avoid spreading any illnesses further and to disinfect surfaces students might come in contact with.