Toxic shock syndrome caused the death of a British Columbia teen found lifeless in bed on a school trip, according to a report from the province’s coroner service.
In March 2017, Grade 11 student Sara Manitoski was on an overnight outdoor education trip on Hornby Island, off Vancouver Island.
According to a report from the BC Coroners Service released on Monday, Manitoski’s friends thought she was sleeping when they left their cabin without her for breakfast. When they returned, Manitoski was still in bed, even though her alarm was going off.
Georges P. Vanier Secondary School staff, students and emergency responded performed CPR. Manitoski could not be revived. She was 15 years old.
The report points to a strain of staphylococcus aureus on a tampon found in place, as well as other symptoms consistent with toxic shock syndrome. The report notes that tampon use is not the only cause of toxic shock.
According to Health Canada, toxic shock syndrome occurs when toxins made by certain strains of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria (Staph) get into the bloodstream.
Initial symptoms are similar to the flu, including high fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, fainting, and disorientation.
SOURCE: CTV News Canada and Vancouver Island’s Amber Schinkel