NM H1N1 Deaths Continue

New Mexico – New Mexico Health Department officials say two more people have died from swine flu, bringing the statewide total this year to 42 deaths.

The latest deaths include a 78-year-old woman from Bernalillo County with chronic medical conditions and a 59-year-old woman from Luna County whose medical history has not yet been determined.

The Health Department says visits to health care providers for flu-like illness did increase slightly over the last week from 4.9 percent to 5.4 percent. The department says flu-like illness is the best indicator of flu activity in the state.

The department has ordered more than 403,000 does of nasal and injectable swine flu vaccine. It is arriving in small amounts and is being distributed to providers and health clinics statewide.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.