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The mysterious death of a three-year-old boy has seen the voluntary closure of a childcare centre in Logan, Brisbane.

The toddler died suddenly and unexpectedly at his home on Thursday night, after leaving the centre early because he had a fever.  The boy is believed to have had respiratory symptoms for several days in the lead-up to his sudden death.

The centre voluntarily shut early yesterday afternoon, with all parents contacted to pick up their children. At this stage it may remain shut on Monday.

“The cause of death is presently unknown, however because infectious disease cannot be ruled out at this early stage we are closing the service as a precautionary measure,” the centre said in a statement to parents.

Parents of other youngsters at the Hyperdome 1 & 2 Early Education Centre & Pre-school at Shailer Park have been advised to seek urgent medical help if their children become ill.

Public health officials swabbed the centre yesterday to determine if there is any risk to children attending.  An external company was also brought in to disinfect both the centres with hospital grade disinfectant to decrease the risk further.

Dr Kari Jarvinen, Assistant Direct and Public Health Physician for the Metro South Public Health sent a letter to parents, carers and staff yesterday about the death.

“At this stage, the cause of the death is unknown, but appropriate investigations have already commenced. In the meanwhile, if your child becomes unwell, please seek medical attention as soon as possible,” Dr Jarvinen said.

Health officials stressed there is no suggestion the childcare centre had been negligent in any way.  The death has been referred to the coroner.


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  • How awful. As the parent of a two year old my heart breaks for this family.

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  • If your child is ill Drs is first stop to check. Hygemne and cleanig of toysand exuipment in any pre school should be a 1st priority.If your child is ill please do not tke them to child care or school. East to catch germs in young children group seting so high priority to nigene and if child comrs unwell best if center has right to send child home

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  • So sad. I wonder if they have found the cause.

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  • Very upsetting for all involved.
    I must admit that I find it disturbing that the center allowed a child that was sick to attend the center though. With the article saying the child had been sick for several days I have to wonder why they would accept him at the center unless a Doctors certificate was produced to say his symptoms were not contagious. Thats really not fair on all the other parents/children.

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  • How sad. Thoughts go out to the family and centre staff. I hope they can find out what it was and that no others suffer the same.

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  • I am a little surprised the child care centre allowed the Mum to leave her son there when it was already obvious he was sick. I wonder how long the little boy had been suffering a high temperature.

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  • I am glad the childcare has closed just in case, what an upsetting thing for the parents to have to go through.

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  • What a heartbreaking situation :-( thoughts are with the little boys family and friends as well as centre staff.

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  • Lke ud

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  • That is so scarey. I hope it’s not due to parental slackness of not getting their children immunised

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  • RIP little one. I think the centre has done the right thing in closing. Thoughts and prayers are with all who knew the little boy

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  • What tragic news, the poor family, may the little one fly high with the angels.

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  • Tragic for the family and scary for everybody at the centre.

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