In a follow-up on the suspect hantavirus case in a Belmont Park backstretch employee, The New York State Department of Health announced that testing performed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on clinical samples proved negative for hantavirus.
This result followed a positive result for hantavirus at a commercial laboratory in California.
NY health officials say based on this testing and the investigation, the probable cause of death is Klebsiella bacterial sepsis.
Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. It is life-threatening, and without timely treatment, sepsis can rapidly lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. Each year in the U.S., more than 1.5 million people develop sepsis, and at least 250,000 Americans die as a result.
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