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Latest H1N1 update includes death of Chaves County teenager

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By The Staff

A Chaves County teenager with an undisclosed underlying health condition died Saturday from complications caused by the H1N1 influenza.

The death of the 15-year-old girl brings the statewide number of swine flu-related deaths to 13 this year, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

Six victims out of the 13 had some type of chronic health condition that put them at a higher risk for developing serious complications from the H1N1.

Each week the NMDOH analyzes information about influenza disease activity in New Mexico and publishes findings of key flu indicators.

The DOH is tracking hospitalizations and deaths to determine if there is a change in the severity of the disease.

The department is not seeing any other types of influenza in New Mexico at this time, therefore all positive flu tests are presumed to be novel H1N1 influenza.

The definition of an influenza-related hospitalization was broadened this week to include any hospitalization with any lab test positive for influenza, which accounts for the increase in hospitalizations from 140 to 221.


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