Cause of kindergartener’s death may take months to determine

Ponca City Now - January 16, 2015 10:10 am

OOLOGAH, Okla. (AP) – An Oklahoma health official says it could be months before the cause of death of an Oologah kindergartner is known.

Six-year-old Jenny Yang died Jan. 5, hours after leaving school because of a fever. Her death led many parents to hold their children out of school and prompted the closing of school for two days – even though state and local health officials said the death was not the result of infectious disease.

State Health Department epidemiologist Dr. Kristy Bradley told the Tulsa World ( ) tissue samples have been sent t to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and that it could be "weeks or months" before the cause of death is determined.

Bradley said there is no evidence of a risk to public health.


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