Third Swine Flu Death With Valley Connection

POSTED: Friday, May 15, 2009 - 9:18pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:33am

A Fifth death is being blamed on the swine flu -- and for the third time -- there is a Valley connection to the h1n1 virus becoming deadly.
33-year old, Corpus Christi man, Carlos Garnica is now the third h1-n1 related death in Texas.
Garnica's family lives in Raymondville.
We went to their home tonight, and they had very little to say, except "thanks" for our condolences.
Garnica was not living in the Valley, at the time, he passed away.
He died at his home in Corpus Christi.
According to a medical examiner's report, his pneumonia, heart problems, hypo-thyroid, and morbid obesity, made it tough, for him to survive the swine flu virus.
Dr. William Burgin Jr. with the Corpus Christi-Nueces County Health District says, Garnica had chronic health conditions.
The swine flu has also been deadly for two others in Texas.
earlier, 23 month old, Miguel Tejada-Vazquez from Mexico City, was the first to die of the swine flu, on april 27th, while being treated at a Houston hospital.
On May 5th, Elementary school teacher, 33-year old, Judy Trunnell of Harlingen was the first U.S. resident to die of the swine flu.
Her family is now suing Smithfield Foods, which is the largest pork producer for the U.S.
Their farm is in La Goria, Mexico, where the H1N1 virus is said to have originated.
Then on May 6th, authorities say, Carlos Garnica got sick earlier this month, and passed away last week.
His body is being brought to Raymondville, where Hernandez Funeral home is handling all arrangements.

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