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Ant bites kill US footballer, 12,

A 12-year-old Texas boy has died after apparently suffering a severe allergic reaction to ant bites while warming up for the second half of a school American football game.

Officials said Cameron Espinosa died days after being bitten multiple times by fire ants.

Corpus Christi school district spokeswoman Lorette Williams says the boy used a water bottle to try to remove the ants, but he eventually fell unconscious last Wednesday. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition and died on Monday.

The game resumed after he was transported to the hospital, but it was later halted when the severity of his condition became apparent.

Ms Williams says the boy didn't know he was allergic to ants. The district had no record of allergies.

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