Report: Alabama third grader dies from flu


According to a report from WSFA, the flu has claimed the life of a Pike Road Elementary School student, according to Superintendent Charles Ledbetter.

Third-grader Zainab Momin died Tuesday night, according to the report. 

“The Pike Road Schools family is deeply saddened by the passing of Zainab, and will be offering grief counseling services to students and teachers,” Ledbetter said. “We appreciate the thoughts and prayers of all.”

According to a report from Zainab had been home from school since Tuesday due to a high fever and flu-like symptoms. She was taken to the hospital Tuesday night where she died.

According to the Center for Disease Control, a total of 20 influenza-associated pediatric deaths have been reported nation-wide for the 2017-2018 season. The CDC has an interactive map where you can hover over a state for its current flu reports. Access the map by clicking here. 

A professor at the University of Alabama has also died from the flu according to WSFA.

72-year-old Dr. John McDuffie died Jan. 11. Family members told WSFA his death was due to the flu.

According to his obituary, McDuffie retired from the State of Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences after a career of 33 years. The Crimson White, a student-run paper at the University of Alabama, reports McDuffie was a part-time temporary instructor with the University in the chemistry department. 

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