The flu has begun its rampage throughout New Mexico, contributing to four deaths this season and sending sufferers scurrying to area emergency rooms with body aches and coughing. Federal knowledge present the virus hit New Mexico tougher than most different states in December. However, a prime state health official says it’s not too late to assist comprise the unfold via vaccinations.
New Mexico is amongst 11 states reporting “widespread” flu exercise, based on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s newest influenza surveillance report. The report additionally mentioned New Mexico, Colorado, and Georgia has the nation’s highest ranges of influenza-like sickness, primarily based on the proportion of outpatient visits associated with influenza-like illness.
The report makes use of knowledge for the week that ended Dec. 22 and doesn’t embrace the spike that one official says has occurred on the University of New Mexico Hospital up to now 10 days. New statewide numbers are anticipated as we speak.
Though the flu has troubled communities throughout the state, Dr. Michael Landen, state epidemiologist with the New Mexico Department of Health, mentioned the northeastern quadrant had skilled a few of the highest charges. The four reported flu-associated deaths this season occurred in Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, Mora and Lincoln counties. Flu season sometimes peaks from December to February, and Landen informed Thursday that flu shots could nonetheless assist restrict the impression this year.