H1N1 Update

The state’s Department of Health is conducting an investigation of H1N1 deaths by race and ethnicity. So far, analysis indicates Native Americans “are over-represented in the deaths.” Though they only make up 10 percent of the population, 20 percent of H1N1 deaths have occurred in Native populations.

There were four new H1N1 deaths in New Mexico last week:

An infant male from Quay County without chronic medical conditions

A 49 year-old male from Bernalillo County without chronic medical conditions,

A 54 year-old female from Curry County with chronic medical conditions

A 74 year-old female from Valencia County with chronic medical conditions

There have been 946 hospitalizations in the state this year, with 71 new ones last week. But visits to doctors for flu symptoms have dropped from 5.8 percent last week to 3.8 percent this week.

For state H1N1 info, go here or call 1-866-850-5893.

For information in Spanish, call 1-800-784-0394

For a list of statewide flu clinics, click here or call 1-866-681-5872

National H1N1 Information is available here.