State Department of Health swine flu update, May 2

Secretary Alfredo Vigil, MD

May 2, 2009

Number of confirmed cases in NM: 0

Number of probable cases in NM:
Valencia County: 18-year-old male, 15-year-old female
Santa Fe County: 1-year-old male
Socorro County: 14-year-old female, 15-year-old male
Eddy County: 17-year-old female, 22-year-old female
Hidalgo County: 17-year-old male
Bernalillo County: 27-year-old male

All cases are recovered or recovering. No new probable cases as of now.

Number of cumulative samples the Scientific Laboratory has received: 180
Number of cumulative samples tested so far: 113

New Mexico update: We are still waiting to hear from the CDC about our first two probable cases that we sent to CDC on Wednesday. We have not identified any relevant exposure to Mexico among the nine probable cases. 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. Looking at probable cases’ school attendance is a part of that. We do not have any information yet to conclude that any schools should be closed. If school closures are necessary, we would work with the Public Education Department and local school district to make that decision.

We have 140,000 treatment courses of anti-virals in New Mexico so far. We expect 210,000 additional anti-virals from the CDC. Our priority for giving anti-virals is to sick patients who need treatment. 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 160 confirmed cases in 21 states in the U.S., one person has died: a toddler from Mexico visiting 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 1-800-784-0394