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V.25 No.52 | 12/29/2016

Food News

Roadrunner Food Bank Fights the Good Fight

Roadrunner’s donation numbers for 2016 are in, industry-funded sugar research comes under fire, Panera Bread wants to improve the lives of chickens, the Catholic Church versus the food tax, a food poisoning breakout at a DOH luncheon and lucky foods for the New Year.
V.18 No.49 | 12/3/2009

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.

V.18 No.47 | 11/19/2009

This just in from the Department of Health: The list of vaccine priority groups will now include adults with medical conditions that react poorly to the flu.

There have been 36 H1N1- related deaths in New Mexico, with seven last week:

A 12-year-old boy from Doña Ana County with chronic medical conditions

A 29-year-old woman from Doña Ana County without chronic medical conditions

A 43-year-old woman from Bernalillo County with chronic medical conditions.

A 52-year-old man from Eddy County with chronic medical conditions

A 57-year-old man from Bernalillo County with chronic medical conditions

A 58-year-old man from Bernalillo County with chronic medical conditions

A 62-year-old man from Bernalillo County with chronic medical conditions

The DOH has ordered 283,430 doses of the vaccine; there are an estimated 2 million people in the state. Bernalillo County will get 89,910.

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.

V.18 No.45 | 11/5/2009

H1N1 Update from the Department of Health

According to the department, there were five H1N1 deaths in New Mexico last week:

A 27-year-old female from Doña Ana County without chronic medical conditions

A 53-year-old male from McKinley County without chronic medical conditions

A 4-year-old male from San Juan County without chronic medical conditions

A 53-year-old male from Bernalillo County with chronic medical conditions

A 51-year-old male from Valencia County with chronic medical conditions.

26 deaths in the state have been related to H1N1.

There were 2 percent fewer doctor visits last week for flu-like symptoms than the week before.

The severity of Novel H1N1—the strain in New Mexico—has not changed since the spring.

DOH has ordered 186,760 doses of vaccine, but it’s trickling in. (New Mexico has an estimated 2 million citizens, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.) These people have vaccine priority: pregnant women; household members/caretakers of infants less than 6 months old; children 6 to 59 months of age; children 5 to 18 years with certain chronic health conditions that increase their risk of complications from flu; and healthcare workers and emergency medical service personnel with direct patient care.

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