Officials confirm Calif's 3rd swine flu death

June 4, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Health officials have confirmed California's third swine flu death -- and the first death of a child related to the virus in this state. State officials say a young Contra Costa County girl had been diagnosed with swine flu before she died last Friday.

The county coroner's office identified her as nine-year-old Karen Perez of Concord.

The girl also had another bacterial infection. State and county health officials are studying what role it may have played in her death.

A San Bernardino County man and a Los Angeles County woman also diagnosed with the virus died in May.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20 swine flu-related deaths have been reported nationwide.

State officials say California has seen about 576 cases of the virus.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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