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Houston Health Officials Confirm First Flu-Related Child Death Of 2019

The girl was between 5 and 17 years of age and died from multiple organ failure.

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A Houston girl has died from the flu, a local health official confirmed on Friday. It’s the first pediatric flu-related death registered in Houston this year.

Porfirio Villarreal, a spokesman with the Houston Health Department, said the child died in February. She was between 5 and 17 years of age. Local health officials confirmed the child’s cause of death just this week.

Villarreal said the girl had a pre-existing condition and died from multiple organ failure.

According to health officials, 2 percent of all emergency room visits in Houston are for flu-like symptoms.

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