Norovirus may have killed Albany toddler, family says

The girl's family reached out to KEZI 9 News to alert parents about the gastrointestinal virus that can turn deadly.

Posted: Nov 27, 2019 6:01 PM
Updated: Nov 27, 2019 6:10 PM

ALBANY, Ore. -- One Albany family is speaking out, saying they believe norovirus killed their daughter in October.

The Mangum family reached out to KEZI 9 News to alert parents about the gastrointestinal virus that can turn deadly.

Linn County Public Health said they did not receive a report from the hospital where the child died. The family said they didn't want their daughter's medical information to be shared. 

However, Linn County Public Health also said norovirus is not a mandatory virus to report unless an outbreak happens.

The girl, McKinleey, was just shy of her second birthday. The parents said she contracted a virus that doctors said caused her intestines to twist and burst. The family is still waiting for lab results to learn exactly what caused the death.

The Mangums do not know how McKinleey caught the bug, but they do live across the street from Periwinkle Elementary School. Periwinkle was the first school that administrators closed after dozens of kids got flu-like symptoms.

Late Wednesday afternoon, district officials confirmed that norovirus was the cause of the widespread illness.

Jonathan Mangum, McKinleey's father, said he's sharing how McKinleey died so other parents can look out for similar symptoms.

"I want this to be a cautionary tale, nothing to put people down or anything of that sort 'cause I know that’s not the case," Mangum said. "But still, I just want it to be a warning. It's kind of something I think she would want us to do."

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