Pflugerville teen was among about one-third of children who die of swine flu despite no underlying medical conditions, CDC says.
Fourteen-year-old Jacob Moya was busing tables at the Texas Bible Institute in Columbus on July 8 when he felt run down and called his dad in Pflugerville. He resisted his father’s offer to get him, saying he would tough it out, said his father, Henry Moya. Jacob died a month later from the H1N1 virus.
When health authorities confirmed Jacob’s death from the virus – more commonly called swine flu – they said that he had developed a staph infection during the course of his illness but that it was unknown whether he had significant underlying medical conditions. Henry Moya said his son had no underlying health problems when he contracted swine flu.
About a third of the children who have died from the H1N1 virus had no underlying health conditions, Llelwyn Grant, a spokesman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an e-mail Monday. Among hospitalized adults, recent CDC data show that more than 45 percent had no underlying health problems that would put them at an increased risk for complications from swine flu, Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said in a briefing with reporters last week.
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