Flu death: Berg choir sets out the facts

2009-08-28 00:00

THE Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School (DBCS) has labelled media reports about the death of its employee, Jessica Dunne, from H1N1 flu as inaccurate.

A statement from the KZN Health Department earlier in the week said Dunne had been ill since August 2 as a result of coming into contact with a boy who had just returned to the school from Botswana.

Dunne, who was pregnant, was the rector’s assistant.

The department said Dunne also took in a boy from a visiting Gauteng choir school, who had fallen ill and remains ill.

This week, The Witness received an anonymous call from someone claiming that Dunne looked after the sick child and had cleaned up his vomit.

The caller questioned why a sick child was taken to a pregnant woman.

However, DBCS spokesman Brad Glasspoole has rejected these reports.

He said a choir from the Pacific Boys’ Choir Academy arrived at the DBCS on July 19 after the two schools had performed in Johannesburg.

The visitors left four days later. Dunne and her husband, Shaun, hosted the visiting academic dean and managing director of the choir and her guest.

Glasspoole said one of the visiting choristers fell ill and was cared for in the Dunnes’ home by the Pacific staff member.

He said DBCS drew up a timeline after Dunne was admitted to hospital to see if the Pacific visit could have been the source of her illness.

However, the choir left on July 23, and Dunne fell ill on August 2, more than seven days later, Seven days is the incubation period for H1N1 flu.

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