Mercedes School District Speaks About Judy Trunnell's Death

POSTED: Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 5:15pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:33pm

A Mercedes teacher who recently gave birth is the first United States resident with the H1N1 virus to die.
Today, school district officials are speaking out.
A community of students, teachers, parents, family and friends are mourning the loss of a Mercedes teacher, who taught special needs kids at Travis Elementary School.
Doctors say, 33-year old, Judy Trunnell from Cameron County had chronic health conditions, which contributed to her death.
Yesterday, the Texas State Health Department confirmed, she did in fact have the H1N1 virus.
She was first seen on April 14th, and hospitalized five days later.
Trunnell delivered a healthy baby girl, and stayed in a local hospital until she died yesterday.
Mercedes Superintendent, Walter Watson says this whole incident has been very confusing.
Initially, Trunnell's test came back negative for the swine flu virus.
Then the State Health Department confirmed yesterday, that she did carry the virus.
Officials are not saying what other health conditions she had.
Watson says, everyone's truly going to miss her.
"She was a very popular teacher, everyone knew her, everyone loved her," he says.
Watson says, they decided to close all the schools in the district until monday.
All campuses will be thoroughly cleaned.
He says, students, and staff, who had contact with the teacher, before she was hospitalized, are ok, and are not at risk of catching anything.
Trunnell graudated from Med-High in 1994.
She is survived by her husband, steven, and their two daughters, hannah and gabbie.
The Center for Disease Control confirms that Trunnell is the second swine-flu related death in the State of Texas.
Her funeral will be held tomorrow at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Mercedes, followed by her burial at Mont Meta Cemetary in San Benito.

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