H1N1 Study

New Mexico – An analysis of swine flu cases in New Mexico shows that children younger than five have the highest rate of hospitalizations and people aged 50 to 64 have the highest death rate.

The New Mexico Department of Health's Epidemiology and Response Division analyzed data collected since April 2009.

New Mexico's overall rate of swine flu hospitalizations is 50.3 per 100,000 population. The rate for children younger than 5 is 135.5. That rate is more than 2 times higher than any other age group in New Mexico and twice the national estimate.

Children and young adults aged 5 to 24 had the second highest rate in New Mexico at 50.6 per 100,000 people. New Mexico's overall death rate due to swine flu is 2.6 per 100,000 people.

Health officials say there have been 52 deaths and 1,007 hospitalizations related to swine flu in New Mexico since last April.

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