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H1N1 May Have Lead To SIDS In Death of Infant

H1N1 May Have Lead To SIDS In Death of Infant
Swine flu may have caused a 4-month-old girl to die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, SIDS, though her autopsy is not yet complete

Swine flu may have caused a 4-month-old girl to die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, called SIDS, though her autopsy is not yet complete.

The infant was brought to San Diego's Rady Children's Hospital after she was found in bed not breathing. The girl later tested positive for the H1N1 virus. There are many questions about what causes SIDS, but Dr. John Bradley of Children's Hospital, said colds and influenza are seen as contributing factors.

"And now we have preliminary evidence that H1N1 may be the preceding viral infection that will cause SIDS in an infant that is predisposed to develop this condition," he said.

The infant died last week. Doctors must complete a full examination of the girl before they can be sure she died of SIDS.