State health department confirms flu death in Region 11

The Department of State Health Services has confirmed the death of a 2-year-old as a result of the flu.

In an email Friday, the press officer for DSHS only confirmed that there have been two flu-related deaths in Region 11 of this flu season.

“The most recent pediatric flu-related death was reported in a 2 year old with no underlying conditions,” Lara M. Anton, press officer for DSHS, said in the email. “The child tested positive for influenza A and had not been vaccinated for the current season.”

Region 11 covers an area of 19 counties, including Starr, Hidalgo, Willacy and Cameron counties.

Anton was unclear about exactly where and when the death occurred.