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Authorities rule out flu in Nebraska boy's death

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 16, 2013 at 3:21 pm •  Published: January 16, 2013
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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Test results show that a 10-year-old Omaha boy who died suddenly last week didn't have the flu.

Douglas County Chief Deputy Sheriff Martin Belik says Sydney Kola didn't have either Influenza A or Influenza B even though he complained of flu-like symptoms before his death Friday.

Belik said Wednesday that the investigation into Kola's death will continue. The initial autopsy didn't offer many answers, but lab tests might in a few weeks.

Kola died Friday after collapsing at his west Omaha home. Medics who were treated the boy found him unresponsive.

Sydney was a student at Omaha's King Science and Technology Magnet Center. He was a Kenyan national who moved to the United States last year to live with his mother.


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