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Write-up: Information has been received regarding a report from a journalist concerning an 18 month old male who on 10/01/1989 was vaccinated with a dose of MMRII. Subsequently, the pt developed sepsis and on 10/13/89, the pt died. The reporter felt that sepsis was not related to therapy with MMRII. No further information is available. Follow-up info from the physician indicated that on 10/08/1989 the pt experienced a mild head trauma and he did not faint or seem affected. That night he experienced convulsions and was hospitalized at 3am on 10/11/1989 iwth a temp of 40 deg. C., had periphery blood circulation, superficial breathing, his heart rate was approx. 180/min and his BP could not be measured. Hypotoneness of his extremities was noted. HIs pupils showed no abnormalities and his "glucosis was 0.6." Intensive care treatment was reported, "liquor" showed no abnormalities. Growth of Staphylococcul aureus was noted in one of 4 samples. On 10/12/1989 the pt''s right pupil did not react to light and his left pupil was miotic. Emergency Ct scan of the brain showed general edema. he was transferred to another hospital facility for treatment. On the morning of 10/13/1989 the pt was brain dead and respirator treatment was stopped. The cause of death was unclear. metabolic diseases were excluded. "Antibody determination of liuor and serum for herpes, morbilli, petotitis, rubella negative." Virus isolation was negative. CRP increased to max 115mg/L and 1 positive blood test was noted. Otherwise, no basis of bacterial infection. ASA and paracetamol in serum were negative. The reported physicians "assess that it is possible that the child has some kind of sepsis that has lead to severe edema of the brain." No results were reported from the autopsy. The possibility of encephalitis caused by the vaccines will be examined. Further info received reported that the investigation pointed at sepsis.The forensic scientist assessed "that there is not causal relationshi to the vaccine." No further info is available.
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