Amid disease outbreak, first death from flu reported in South Texas

CaptionCloseSulphur Bluff ISD, northeast of Dallas, closed Feb. 7-8 after a flu outbreak, myssnews.com reported.On the district's website, they said the campus had been sanitized to prevent further flu outbreaks.Sulphur Bluff ISD, northeast of Dallas, closed...

Amid disease outbreak, first death from flu reported in South Texas

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Sulphur Bluff ISD, northeast of Dallas, closed Feb. 7-8 after a flu outbreak, myssnews.com reported.

On the district's website, they said the campus had been sanitized to prevent further flu outbreaks.

Sulphur Bluff ISD, northeast of Dallas, closed Feb. 7-8 after a flu outbreak, myssnews.com reported.

On the district's website, they said the campus had been sanitized to prevent further flu outbreaks.

Trinity Christian School in Lubbock canceled classes Feb. 9-10 "due to the extreme number of children out due to illness," at its elementary school. 

The school's principal told everythinglubbock.com that 75-100 percent of the school's students and 30 percent of its staff have been out sick.

Trinity Christian School in Lubbock canceled classes Feb. 9-10 "due to the extreme number of children out due to illness," at its elementary school. 

The school's principal told everythinglubbock.com that

Cumby ISD, northeast of Dallas, closed Feb. 3 due to an outbreak of the flu, and strep, myssnews.com reported.

Cumby ISD, northeast of Dallas, closed Feb. 3 due to an outbreak of the flu, and strep, myssnews.com reported.

Leon ISD, northeast of Austin, canceled school Feb. 9-10 "due to the increasing number of students being sent home due to illness," according to its website.

The Eagle reported that 197 students of 749 were absent from the district's elementary, junior high and high school Wednesday with the flu.

Leon ISD, northeast of Austin, canceled school Feb. 9-10 "due to the increasing number of students being sent home due to illness," according to its website.

The Eagle reported that 197 students of 749 were

Rivercrest ISD, northeast of Dallas, closed school Feb. 8-9 "due to widespread illness," according to its Facebook page.

KXII reported that 101 students of 671 in the district were absent earlier this week.

Rivercrest ISD, northeast of Dallas, closed school Feb. 8-9 "due to widespread illness," according to its Facebook page.

KXII reported that 101 students of 671 in the district were absent earlier this week.

Ira ISD, west of Abilene, canceled classes Feb. 7-9 after the amount of students out because of the flu grew, bigcountryhomepage.com reported.

At least 20 students were absent Feb. 8, 2017.

Ira ISD, west of Abilene, canceled classes Feb. 7-9 after the amount of students out because of the flu grew, bigcountryhomepage.com reported.

At least 20 students were absent Feb. 8, 2017.

Campbell ISD, northeast of Dallas, closed Feb. 2-3 after "experiencing an excessive amount of absences stemming from the flue, step and virus," a district news release says.

Campbell ISD, northeast of Dallas, closed Feb. 2-3 after "experiencing an excessive amount of absences stemming from the flue, step and virus," a district news release says.

A 1-year-old in South Texas died earlier this month due to the flu, the first pediatric death from the virus this year, officials confirmed Friday.

The child, who lived in the Rio Grande Valley, died between Feb. 5 and Feb. 11, according to the Department of State Health Services website. It is unclear if the baby was vaccinated for this season's influenza. 

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Last year, seven pediatric deaths were reported, according to a news release. 

Across Texas this month, at least nine school districts have closed for one or more days due to a flu or illness outbreak. Near San Antonio, Hunt ISD shut down its lone campus Feb. 7-8 after more than 50 students were out sick.

In Bexar County, flu activity has been increasing.

A Metro Health news release from February detailed the rise in those infected, saying: "the percentage of specimens testing positive for influenza reported by hospital, public health laboratories and patient visits due to influenza-like illness slightly increased."

RELATED: Flu outbreak closes elementary school in Kerr County

Medina ISD, located northwest of San Antonio, closed its campuses Feb. 10 and Feb. 13 after at least 15 students were out sick with the flu.

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