Coroner: No public health threat in Greenville student's death

School officials wearing masks. (Source: WYFF)
School officials wearing masks. (Source: WYFF)

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say there is no public health threat related to the death of a 5-year-old Greenville student who went home sick and died hours later.

A cleaning crew has disinfected Blythe Elementary Academy, and Deputy Coroner Barry Wright says parents should not be concerned that their children are at risk.

Jeremiah Cornelius Simmons was a kindergarten student who went home sick Tuesday, did not wake from a nap and died just after 7 p.m. that night at a hospital.

A pathologist says the boy had an underlying medical condition unknown to his family that left him more vulnerable than an otherwise healthy child. Dr. James Fulcher says that condition, combined with a virus, was deadly.

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