An 8-year-old boy dies a few hours after the flu diagnosis while the CDC warns that a more deadly strain of the virus is beginning to circulate
- Martin Ray & # 39; Chucky & # 39; Campbell Jr had nine days when he got sick Saturday, February 16th
- He vomited several times and became weaker and weaker, his family said.
- They took him to emergency the next day, where he was diagnosed with the flu
- On the way to get Tamiflu, his condition deteriorating, they went to another emergency department.
- The tests revealed that his lungs were filled with fluid and he died soon after.
- Officials say that a more deadly flu strain, similar to that of last year, is starting to circulate
Mia De Graaf Health Editor For Dailymail.com
An eight-year-old boy died just hours after being diagnosed with sflu.
Martin Ray & # 39; Chucky & # 39; Campbell Jr was six days old at the age of nine when he became ill, vomiting repeatedly, on the night of Saturday, February 16th.
The next day, his family took him to the Rockport Hospital on the Texas coast near Corpus Christi where he was diagnosed with the flu.
They went to get Tamiflu but he was getting weaker and so they decided to take him to another hospital.
In an emergency center in Portland, doctors discovered that his lungs were filled with fluid.
He died a few hours later, a few days before his ninth birthday, on Sunday, February 24th.
Tragic: Martin Ray & # 39; Chucky & # 39; Campbell Jr died last Sunday after a short fight against the flu
Chucky was just a few days old at the age of nine when he fell very ill
The authorities have not yet confirmed the exact cause of death and the flu strain detected by Chucky.
His death comes as health officials warn that we are seeing the emergence of a second deadliest influenza strain this season.
Until now, the dominant strain was the H1N1 virus, much milder than the H3N2 virus of last year, which killed 80,000 Americans.
But every year, there are secondary waves of flu strains in the second half of the flu season – starting around March.
The tests suggest that this year, H3N2 is becoming a secondary strain, accounting for nearly half of the new diagnoses, according to the CDC.
This is yet another reason to get a flu shot, even though it's late in the season, say CDC officials.
Lucky: Jessiva Solis, Chucky's aunt, said that he was always noisy, bubbly, smiling and loving
It is not known if Chucky has been vaccinated against the flu.
His family is devastated.
"Martin Jr. laughed and smiled throughout his 9 short years with us, bringing such joy and happiness to everyone he touched," the family wrote in an obituary.
"He had a lot to say, and now everything is calm," his aunt Jessica Solis told KRISTV.com.
& # 39; There is nothing; his room is quiet, there is nothing, and it does not make any sense.
The local community rallied around Chucky's parents, stepfather, older brother, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins with a barbecue in his honor.