GALVESTON

A 6-year-old girl being treated at a hospital in Galveston County died last month after contracting the flu virus, the Galveston County Health District announced Monday.

Her death was the first confirmed flu-related death of the flu season, the district said.

There have been more than 1,900 reported flu cases in the county since October 2018, according to the health district.

The health district did not identify the girl by name or say where she was living when she contracted the flu. The girl was not from the United States and had been hospitalized since October 2018, the district said.

A health district spokeswoman did not know why the girl was originally hospitalized.

The girl first developed flu symptoms on Feb. 2 and was tested on Feb. 3, the health district said. She had not been vaccinated for the flu, the health district said. All of the hospital’s staff had been vaccinated, the health district said.

The health district is investigating how the girl contracted the flu while in the hospital, district spokeswoman Ashley Tompkins said.

Flu season in Texas began on Sept. 30, 2018, and flu activity remains high across the state, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

There have been 81,775 cases of flu reported across Texas so far this season, according to the state health department. At least five other children in Texas have died in flu-related deaths this year, according to the health department.

The girl’s death is the first flu-related child death in Galveston County since 2014, according to the Galveston County Health District.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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