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Southeast NM sees dramatic spike in flu cases

January 9, 2014 • Local News

A 76-year-old woman became the first to die of the flu this season, and southeast medical clinics reported the most dramatic jump in cases in the state, the Department of Health reported Thursday.

NMDOH confirmed the first confirmed flu death was a Santa Fe County woman.

Southeast New Mexico has seen the largest spike in flu cases this past week, with a nearly 15 percent increase, more than double the statewide increase of 7 percent.

“Historically, the Southeast part of the state has among the highest rates of flu-like illness, and it’s likely due to multiple lifestyle factors,” said NMDOH spokesman David Morgan. Login to read more

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