(Mirror Daily, United States) – After more than a year since a Canadian teen’s mysterious death, the coroner’s report confirmed that the 16-year-old girl was killed by a condition called the toxic shock syndrome (TSS).
TSS usually affects women that use super-absorbent tampons.
In March 2017, Sara Manitoski was discovered lifeless in bed during a school trip close to Vancouver Island. The girl’s friends thought that she was asleep and left to have breakfast. When they returned, they found the girl unresponsive. Paramedics were unable to save her life via CPR.
This month the BC Coroners Service reported that the girl was killed by a severe infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus. The bacteria were found on the girl’s tampon. Sara had reportedly experienced symptoms linked to TSS before her sudden death.
TSS is a rare condition caused by toxic bacteria. It usually affects women using super-absorbent tampons. However, men, postmenopausal women, and children could also be affected.
Toxic Shock Syndrome Is Not That Rare
Dr. Dee Hoyano underlined that TSS appears when a person has the bacteria in their system. Usually, prolonged tampon use is linked to the infection. Doctors recommend changing tampons frequently.
The Canadian girl’s sister warned other women on Facebook that TSS is not extremely rare as people tend to believe. She disclosed that she knows two people that were diagnosed with the syndrome, with one “barely surviving.”
Can it really be that rare? My sister complained of stomach cramps before going to bed and then she never woke up,
the woman wrote on Facebook.
She insisted that her late sister had no other health condition that could have led to her death. So, women should get more educated on the issue to prevent other tragic and unnecessary deaths form happening.
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