Regional
10:51 am
Thu December 24, 2009

Three More NM H1N1 Deaths

New Mexico – The New Mexico Health Department says three more people have died from swine flu, bringing the statewide total this year to 50 deaths.

The latest deaths include a 34-year-old woman from San Juan County and a 56-year-old man and 28-year-old man, both from Bernalillo County. All three had had chronic medical conditions that put them at higher risk for flu complications.

The Health Department says visits to health care providers for flu-like illness decreased over the last week from 3.3 percent to 3.1 percent. The department says flu-like illness is the best indicator of flu activity in the state.

The department has ordered more than 615,000 doses 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.