ME: 13-Year-Old Football Player Died of Reaction to Ant Bites

Saturday, Sep 21, 2013  |  Updated 3:02 PM EDT
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Teen Football Player Died After Ant Bites: ME

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An autopsy has confirmed that a sudden allergic reaction to fire ant bites killed a 13-year-old South Texas boy after he was bitten during halftime of a middle school football game.

Dr. Ray Fernandez is the Nueces County medical examiner. He tells the Corpus Christi Caller-Times that Cameron Espinosa's body showed signs of ant stings that encircled the lower portion of his right leg. That was the section exposed between his uniform pants and socks and shoes.

Corpus Christi school district officials say the eighth-grader died Sept. 16, days after being bitten multiple times by fire ants while warming up for the second half of a Sept. 11 football game.

District spokeswoman Lorette Williams says the boy didn't know he was allergic to ants.

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