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There are 2 comments on the News Journal story from May 16, 2006, titled Families who empathize with Pughs want more done to prevent men.... In it, News Journal reports that:

Heather Howell celebrated her 19th birthday Jan. 13. Nine days later the Columbus woman died from bacterial meningitis.

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Margaret Diann

Fairbanks, AK

#1 Jun 21, 2006
What was Caitlin Pugh doing when 'flu' started?
Another cause of meningitis is "an autoimmune reaction,
in which the body attacks its own tissues."
An autoimmune causing chemical exposure that 'looks like the flu" is 2-butoxyethanol ... very common in paint, cleaning products ... used in the home; in military.
A chemical exposure that the 'gulf war syndrome' vets and the Exxon Valdez oil spill workers have in common
Was there blood in urine?

Was the 'retic' rate elevated at 2.5 days after the flu started?
More diagnostic helps for 2-butoxyethanol overexposure:
Three soldiers died last year after 'flu-like' symptoms
Margaret Diann

Fairbanks, AK

#2 Jun 22, 2006
Web page of thread to this point: http://www.valdezlink.com/pages/meningitis-au...

Just because they find meningitis doesn't mean it was the cause of her death. Just as ... just because a virus is found in 'the flu' doesn't mean it is the virus that causes the flu, nor the resultant effects.

I wish I had more information. What else did the doctors find? What was going on when the flu started? For that violent a reaction ... what was the possible source of 2-butoxyethanol?

Was there an autopsy?

Do you think the family wiould share the tests the doctors took when she came to the hospital? I would suspect some other things going on, even an enlarged spleen ... & horrible FATIGUE. At the very least, they should ask for copies of all her medical results. And either review them themselves, or ask for someone to go over them. And, of course, ask the doctor for some more information & their full report

Do you think her friends could help out? What was going on in her life when the flu started?

This is only my own theory. However, if I'm right, the pattern of this chemical's harm would stand out like a Neon light. Problem is ... no one is looking for the pattern.

It is more probable that she died of acute autoimmune hemolytic anemia in which her immune system was killing off her red blood cells. Did she have the chills? Horrible headache?... especially DIARRHEA? Was her urine black?... or like jelly?

Well, it's not recognized in life.

So, why would the doctors know in death what all the factors were?

I just say, is the pattern of 2-butoxyethanol there?

A woman whose mother died of Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia when she was 8 ... saved her mom's medical records for thirty years. I'll look up what she shared with me on a discussion forum, and share it with you. That is more probably the cause of Caitlin's death than the meningitis.

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