Girl, 15, on life support after contracting toxic shock syndrome

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GREENVILLE, Mich. -- A 15-year-old in Michigan is recovering after spending the past two weeks on life support with toxic shock syndrome.

Riley Whitten is a high school cheerleader, a dancer and a musician.

But on January 3, she wasn't feeling well with body aches and flu-like symptoms.

She stayed home for two days but the pain kept getting worse.

Her father now wants to warn others.

Doctors say bacteria can overgrow during a woman's menstrual cycle, particularly with tampon use.

Those toxins can seep into the bloodstream and travel to different organs.

Doctors say toxic shock syndrome is extremely rare only occurring in about one out of every 100,000 women in the U.S.