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Toronto Public Health Officials Use Tragic Death of Teenager To Promote H1N1 Hype


Toronto public health officials are using a father's tragic loss of an otherwise healthy teenage son to further promote the H1N1 swine flu hype. The boy died suddenly from an illness a coroner classified as swine flu.

Paul Frustaglio said it took barely more than a day for what he was told to be the H1N1 flu virus to kill Evan - his "best friend" - who turned 13 last month. "He fell so quickly," Frustaglio told The Canadian Press. "I was watching him. I was there when he died."

Evan Frustaglio's death on Monday came on the same day as health authorities across Canada began rolling out their pandemic preparedness program with the deadly Arepanrix H1N1 vaccine.

The avid hockey player in Grade 8 began feeling ill over the weekend during a tournament in London, Ont.

His dad took him to a walk-in clinic on Sunday afternoon after symptoms of fever and vomitting. He was diagnosed and sent home with advice to take some over-the-counter medication.

The family felt confident it was a simple case of flu that would soon pass.

That seemed to be happening. By Monday morning, his fever had broken and he was no longer nauseated. The family thought he was on the mend.

Evan asked to take a bath. Ten minutes later, as his horrified father watched, he suddenly went limp.

His father tried CPR as paramedics rushed to the west-end home.

"They worked on my son feverishly for over two hours," Frustaglio said. "His heart wasn't responding."

The coroner's office had informed the family that Evan had swine flu.

Despite a lack of details on how or if the coroner had confirmed the H1N1 virus through laboratory analysis, or if the virus was even the exact cause of Evan's death, Public health authorities scheduled a news conference later in the day reiterating the coroner's preliminary findings.

Frustaglio refused to criticize the walk-in clinic, saying he was in too much grief to think about what might have been done differently.

Regardless of the dangers associated with Tamiflu, Evan's family says they are taking the drug because they believe it serves as a precautionary measure. They also and had immediately informed Evan's teammates of what had happened so they, too, could seek medical attention.

"One of the most dangerous aspects of publicly announcing flu deaths this winter is how the media and public officials will distort it," said vaccine researcher and Naturopathic Doctor Dave Mihalovic. Unfortunately, deaths such as Evan's will be used over and over again by the media and even the public to promote dangerous anti-viral drugs and vaccines to others. Writers on tribute pages on facebook are already stating the urgency of using this tragedy to heighten awareness of the dangers of H1N1.

"Hope Evan's passing will heighten the awareness of this flu, and preventative measures needed to be taken" wrote Tracey Parr on a facebook page.

Frustaglio called Evan a "wonderful" boy who was "full of spirit." His son had switched this year to the Hill Academy north of Toronto because "it was all about hockey."

"My son is gone. He was here just 24 hours ago and now he's not here. He was 13. He didn't deserve to die," he said.

"Whenever you hear stories like this in the press, I say to myself, 'Oh my god, I can never imagine how I could ever live without one of my kids,' and now I'm asking myself that question."

Mihalovic emphasized that there is currently no evidence suggesting that the H1N1 flu is fatal in healthy individuals but "overhwhelming evidence on the dangers of vaccines such as the Arepanrix H1N1 vaccine and Tamiflu anti-viral drugs which do nothing to protect people from the H1N1 virus." (See
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October 27, 2009

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