Cause of Breckenridge child’s death still unknown, meningitis not suspected |

Cause of Breckenridge child’s death still unknown, meningitis not suspected

Though the exact cause of the death of a 5-year-old Breckenridge girl Monday remains unknown, it is unlikely her death is related to a communicable disease that might put other children at risk, Summit County Coroner Joanne Richardson said Thursday.

The girl, whose name has not yet been released, was not enrolled in the Summit School District but attended a private preschool.

Her death was not the result of meningitis, though the underlying cause was likely viral, Richardson said. The results of a microscopic exam, which could take several weeks, will be necessary to determine the cause of death.

“I do think this is an isolated issue,” Richardson said. “I think (the virus) just chose her.”

Generally, if there are signs of a case of a contagious disease, information is immediately released to the public.

The girl died at noon Monday at Children’s Hospital in Denver after she was rushed to Summit Medical Center from her home in Breckenridge that morning with fluid in her lungs.

Richardson said she received several calls from concerned parents soon after as rumors circulated that the girl’s death might have been related to meningitis.

Health care professionals take note of warning signs of dangerous communicable diseases when cases come in, said Michelle Wilson, the community nursing manager for Summit County Public Health.

Though they are not concerned about contagious disease, until the autopsy results are in health care professionals can’t say for sure what caused the child’s death.

The girl had had a flu vaccine, Richardson said.

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