Death of hockey player, 10, was flu-related, health official says

Officials are warning the people for a neighborhood mourns the passing of a Connecticut boy, to take steps against the flu this year.

Nico Mallozzi’s sudden death was a result ofldquo;Flu type B that was complicated with pneumonia,” a medical examiner confirmed to Fox 61.

Mallozzi, a fourth-grader out of New Canaan, was at   The Cup North American Championship  with his hockey team, the Connecticut Roughriders, in Buffalo, New York, when he began to feel ill. Mallozzi allegedly left the tournament early, and was later rushed to a hospital, where he died.

Dr. David Reed, medical director at the New Canaan Health Department,  advised Fox 61 equally Mallozzi and also his brother tested positive for Flu type B. He advocated teammates of Mallozzi and others who could have been exposed to visit their doctor.

“I recommended and continue to recommend that people receive their flu vaccination since there’s a number of instances this year,” Reed added. “Even though it doesn’t stop the influenza as successfully as in previous years, nevertheless it may mitigate the symptoms and period of illness. ”

The Roughriders hockey club flu guidelines on their site two weeks following Mallozzi’s departure — asking players accept “rdquo special precautions &; over the next few weeks because of a recent rise in influenza cases in the nation.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mallozzi family. It’s a really sad day for each of usrdquo; the organization   stated in a statement Sunday. “Nico was a fantastic kid with a fantastic smile and he will be missed. ”

Former NHL hockey player Martin St. Louis shared with a photograph of Mallozzi on Twitter after learning about the 10-year-old’s passing.

“Life is so fragile. This fantastic child lost his life now,” he tweeted Sunday. “My heart aches for his sisters and parents. I can not even imagine. RIP Nico.”

Dr. Bryan Luizzi, superintendent of New Canaan Public Schools, sent a letter home to parents Monday.

“Nico was a wonderful, enthusiastic, outgoing boy that had been known school-wide because of his high spirits, limitless energy and quick grin,” Luizzi wrote in the letter, which was posted on the school’s site Monday. “We’ll miss Nico and will always cherish our memories of him. ”

The school district has been in contact with health officials, who will provide details on the cause of rsquo & Mallozzi;s departure, Luizzi explained. Like Reed, Luizzi also asked kids to get the flu vaccine recommended by that the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  

The flu has become widespread in each country, except Hawaii, according to the CDC’s most up-to-date report. It has claimed the lives of at least 20 kids across the U.S. so far this year, the CDC said.

“Flu activity is likely to continue for several more weeks,” that the CDC warned in the report.

“Each and each teammate will miss you dearly!”

– Kirsten Morin

A parent of one of Mallozi’s Roughrider teammates set up a GoFundMe accounts to raise money for funeral costs. The fundraising campaign received 74,000 in less than 24 hours in contributions.

“Our hockey is about to rally round the Mallozzi household…because the rest of the 2007 Roughriders have been saying #NicoStrong,” Kirsten Morin, the creator of the campaign, posted on the site. “Each and each teammate will miss you dearly! Not to mention that the parents that were often drafted to assist lace up your skates through the years.”

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