Tue., October 13, 2009 3:47pm (EDT)

Child's Death Linked to H1N1
By Mary Ellen Cheatham
Updated: 5 years ago

AUGUSTA, Ga.  —  
Swine flu has claimed the life of a Columbia County girl.  (Image courtesy of CDC through Wikimedia Commons)
Swine flu has claimed the life of a Columbia County girl. (Image courtesy of CDC through Wikimedia Commons)
Officials say that swine flu has caused the death of a girl from Columbia County.

Summer Rockefeller, 10, died Saturday of complications from the H1N1 influenza virus, state health officials confirmed today.

Summer was a fifth grader at Euchee Creek Elementary School in Grovetown, where only one other student out of 350 has been diagnosed with swine flu, according to school principal Wanda Golosky. Summer had been at school about two weeks before she got sick, Golosky says, and the other student got sick several weeks later.

"Like all children, they go home and their families interact with all people, so she could have come in contact with it from any element in society," says Golosky.

The school maintains a regimen of wiping down classrooms and sending students home if they have fevers of 100 degrees or higher.

The Georgia Department of Community Health, meanwhile, says 27 other people in the state have died from the virus so far this year. More than 500 have been hospitalized for it.