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Novel H1N1 influenza is the predominant strain of flu in New Mexico at this time. All positive flu tests are presumed to be novel H1N1 influenza. The Department of Health is tracking hospitalizations and deaths to determine if there is a change in the severity of the disease.
The severity of illness due to novel H1N1 influenza has not changed nationally or in New Mexico from the spring.
Visits to healthcare providers for influenza-like illness increased to approximately 20 percent this week, up from approximately 16 percent last week. The percentage of visits to healthcare providers is higher than would be expected for this time of year. The Department tracks influenza-like illness, which is defined as fever and either cough and/or sore throat, at 27 clinics throughout the state. Influenza-like illness is the best indicator of flu activity in the state.
The Department of Health is reporting three H1N1-related deaths in the last week in New Mexico. The latest deaths are: a 51-year-old male from Santa Fe County with chronic medical conditions, a 6-year-old female from Santa Fe County without chronic medical conditions and a 47-year-old female from Valencia County with chronic medical conditions.
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