Dallas area girl dies of swine flu

September 15, 2009 1:59:18 PM PDT
An 11-year-old Garland girl died just days after going home sick from school with the swine flu. A sixth-grader in the Mesquite school district, Cynthia Garcia, went home sick Thursday and died Sunday, The Dallas Morning News reports.

The Dallas health department says that the child didn't have an underlying medical condition, but did have pneumonia and a bacterial infection.

Texas Department of State Health Services spokesman, Doug McBride, said 42 Texans have died so far from swine flu. Not counting Garcia's death, four of those swine flu deaths have been in those under 18 and at least two had underlying health problems.

He says 11 Texans under 18 have died from seasonal flu since the flu season began last fall.

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