H1N1 Death Is 13th In NM

New Mexico – A Chaves County teenager with underlying health conditions has died from complications caused by the swine flu.

The state Department of Health says the death of the 15-year-old girl Saturday brings the statewide number of swine flu-related deaths to 13 this year.

The Health Department did not indicate what chronic condition the girl had.

Health Secretary Alfredo Vigil says the girl's death is a reminder that people with chronic health problems should take every precaution to protect themselves.

Six of the 13 people who died had some type of chronic health condition that put them at a higher risk for developing serious complications from swine flu, also known as H1N1.

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