Source of deadly meningitis unknown

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How an 18-year-old Fredericktown woman contracted bacterial meningitis may never be known, Knox County Health Commissioner Dennis Murray said Sunday. Full Story
Hope Huvler

United States

#1 May 15, 2006
This is not really a comment i just wanted to let the Pugh familys know that i am thinking about them and praying
Margaret Diann

Fairbanks, AK

#2 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:
Margaret Diann

Fairbanks, AK

#3 Jun 22, 2006
Web page of thread to this point:

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.
Margaret Diann

Fairbanks, AK

#4 Oct 27, 2006
I think meningitis is an after effect ... of a body's system going autoimmune and not working as it should
roseanne wait

Louisville, KY

#5 Mar 9, 2007
mayb someone can help me and my sone has had viral men twice now are we ever going to get better nobody will anser my questions

Bellefontaine, OH

#6 Dec 3, 2007
I miss you more than words could every express. It has been over a year and half since you died and I still can not accept the fact that you were taken away from me before we could mend our differences. My goal when you were alive was to love you longer than you hated me. I knew someday you would forgive me and we could laugh together and tease and hug and kiss each other once again.
I wish my faith in God and Heaven was stronger so I could keep on believing but it isn't.

Now days I'm left to draw hearts with my finger in the dirt, the mud, and the snow on your grave. I leave roses there that are un-touched, and cards that are un-opened on your birthday.

Part of me died on Friday May 12th 2006 and I think it was that little voice deep in my heart that always sid. "things will be better, if not right now then certainly someday". I don't hear that voice anymore... Many of my hopes and dreams for my future are buried with you in a little pink coffin in Fredericktown.

So as I wander through the rest of my life and fight my way past sometimes overwhelming greif, I want you to know that I never stopped loving you for a single second, and I never wanted to be anything more (or less) to you than your Dad.
Lindsey Watson

Greenville, OH

#7 Feb 9, 2008
Caitlin, i didnt know you but i wish i could have. i met andrew here at ATI and he and i have become good friends. i think i may be the only one he talks to about you really, at least here. and the things he tells me are amazing. you had such an effect on him and i hope you realize that you will forever have his heart. i keep telling him that it's okay to cry, that helps get the feelings out so he can come to accept the fact that you are gone .. but he's so afraid. you are the only person that could ever make him happy,he is so lucky to have had someone like you. the more he and i talk the more i feel like i've known you all my life, like we were best friends. he's taking me to frederick town sometime this week so i can finally meet you. i cant wait.

“You know Harumph loves you”

Since: Sep 08

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#8 Sep 14, 2008
dad, keep strong buddy. I feel for you.

Bolivar, OH

#9 Sep 14, 2008
Hurumph PISS OFF. Where do you work, live or whatever I would love to meet you in person or should I check the homeless shelter?3784

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