6-year-old girl latest victim in flu epidemic

The parents of Emily Muth are warning about how quickly the virus took their daughter's life as a new study reveals breathing can spread the flu.
3:05 | 01/23/18

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We are back with new concerns about the deadly flu. A 6-year-old girl in north Carolina is now a victim as a startling new study reveals that just breathing, just breathing can spread the virus. Linsey Davis joins us with more. Just breathing. Just breathing. Hard to believe. Good morning to you, robin. Now nearly two weeks since the epidemic was announced the flu rages on with 32 states reporting high levels of flu activity and including little Emily, the number of pediatric deaths has jumped to 30. The parents of a North Carolina girl are speaking out warning about how quickly the virus took the life of their daughter in just a matter of days. She'll always be with us. Reporter: Emily Muth started showing symptoms by Tuesday, by Thursday her grandmother took her to the local urgent care which confirmed a positive flu test and parents say she was prescribed tall flew and told she had be back at school by Monday but the next day Emily was having trouble breathing. An ambulance was called and according to the family the emt said Emily's heavy breathing was typical for the flu plus her temperature was down from 102 to 99.6. She asked if we could take her or, you know, and, you know, I was -- they're the medical personnel. You know, I trust their -- what they know and they said she's fine. Reporter: They elected to monitor her from home but then several hours later. She was breathing a little bit heavier than she was and all of a sudden she just raised up and went back down and I noticed that, Emily, Emily and noticed she wasn't breathing. Reporter: Mom called 911 again but then it was too late. Could more have done? You always think that. You know what I meany if they say get to the hospital, the ambulance called that Friday morning and saw her state. Reporter: Now an alarming new study is revealing how it can spread so quickly by breathing. That's right. Not only coughing and sneezing but breathing can transmit the droplets that carry the flu. University of Maryland researchers put flu patients in this sealed chamber they called the gazoon height machine. We were able to culture the virus from over 40% of the aerosol samples we collected, proving that these fine particle aerosols are infectious and capable of transmitting infection. The overall hospitalization rate is also high but still lower than the hospitalization rate reported during the same week of the 2014/2015 season. Emily's two siblings have gotten the flu shot in hopes that will make a difference. Why is it some states are seeing less flu activity than others. Three states where it's low talking about Maine, Montana and Delaware. It's hard to say exactly why. It could be that those states will peak later. It could be that the people are not going to the doctors to report their flu-like Sims. It might be underreported. It could be. Appreciate that. Coming up, everybody, six

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