The number of H1N1 flu, swine flu, cases in New Mexico is now at eight, according to information released today from the New Mexico Department of Health.
In all there are 20 probable cases in the state located in 10 counties. The ages range from infancy to 57 years old, the press release stated.
No cases have been reported in Quay County.
The new probable case is in Colfax County and five new confirmed cases (previously probable) are in Bernalillo, Eddy, Hidalgo and Valencia counties, the release said.
The other cases are in Dona Ana, Luna, Sandoval, Sierra and Socorro counties, according to the release.
Here are additional statistics about H1N1 in the state, an update on the cases nationwide and a list of recommendations and resources, the state's Department of Health.
Number of cumulative samples the Scientific Laboratory has received: 299
Number of cumulative samples tested so far: 241
New Mexico update: Epidemiology and Response Division’s investigation is ongoing for all cases. The investigation includes determining how patients may have gotten sick and who may have been exposed to H1N1. We have 140,000 treatment courses of anti-virals in New Mexico so far. CDC has an additional 210,000 treatment courses available to New Mexico if needed. Our priority for giving anti-virals is to hospitalized patients and sick patients who have severe influenza illness. Many people who get sick will not need anti-virals.
National information about H1N1: Disease caused by the H1N1 flu virus in the United States appears to be mild so far. There are 642 confirmed cases in 41 states in the U.S. and two deaths in Texas.
Recommendations: The best thing you can do is wash your hands frequently, cover your cough with a tissue or your arm and stay home when you are sick. If sick with fever and cough or sore throat, call doctor for advice.
New Mexico Resources:
• H1N1 Influenza Hotline
1-866-850-5893 (for all questions about H1N1 influenza)
• Nurse Advice Line
1-877-725-2552 (for people with symptoms only)
• Spanish callers