Smid Contracted (past tense) H1N1

By , October 28, 2009 12:25 am

Tonight Quinn released the news that a player on the Oilers had contracted the H1N1 virus. It was later confirmed on the Oilers website that the player in question is Ladislav Smid who has since recovered from the virus.

According to Pat Quinn, Alberta Health guidelines are to not test for H1N1 unless the person is hospitalized. Quinn also noted that the players are not in the at risk group for serious effects of the virus. “Young people are getting it and there is no way of stopping it, I guess,” Quinn stated. “We want to be able to help them through it. They’re not at the at risk group – they’re at risk to get it, but not at risk for serious illness other than the sweats and the fevers and that sort of thing. So we’re going to stay on top of that and there may be further discussion tomorrow.”

In other sad, somewhat related news.. 13-year old minor hockey leaguer Evan Frustaglio died monday night from the H1N1 virus. Frustaglio was in London, Ontario for a hockey tournament when he complained of a sore throat and cough on Friday night. By Saturday, Frustaglio was experiencing more flu-like symptoms and had even seen a physician the next day who had advised the family to continue taking medication and treat the fever, and the boy would be fine. Within 24 hours later, the boy had passed away from the virus.

7 Responses to “Smid Contracted (past tense) H1N1”

  1. LateNightOilFan says:

    Just read the news article about Evan. I have a 14 & 16 yr old, talk about hitting close to home. His fever had broken Mon morning, he asked to take a bath and 10 minutes later he passed out. His father said it was like the virus had attacked his heart, he started CPR and the EMT’s continued working on him for over 2 hours but it was too late. The scariest thing about this virus is different people have different reactions. Before reading about this case I thought if you were healthy beforehand you would be ok, now obviously not the case, unless this boy had an unknown heart condition that the virus attacked. Very sad and very eye-opening.

    Get well soon Oilers, and rest in peace Evan…my heart goes out to his family.

  2. DropIt says:

    Budaj must feel like a leapor right now.
    “Can I sit there?”

  3. Trogdor says:

    The NHL has a 3rd confirmed victim of the H1N1, Quintin Laing of the Capitals.

    “Capitals spokesman Nate Ewell tells The Associated Press that Laing is being treated for H1N1 and is being kept away from the rest of the team.” – TSN/AP

  4. chucker says:

    Got my shot today. Sad news about that boy. It amazes me that parents are actually debating whether or not to trust their doctors on this. Darwin is looking down and saying “I told you so.”

  5. LateNightOilFan says:

    Apparently Doug Weight was also confirmed today as having it. He’s back in the Isles lineup tonight after missing 3 games. He was diagnosed 8 days ago and was deemed no longer contagious after 5 days.

  6. Racki says:

    Visnovsky might have it now. He is being treated as though he does have it (for precautionary reasons). Brule was tested for H1N1, and he did not have it.

  7. Mark Agustin says:

    the H1N1 or Swine Flu virus did put our country in disarray for quite sometime, it is good to know that at least it did not cause so many deaths.

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