Regional
10:37 am
Fri October 2, 2009

Swine Flu Deaths

New Mexico – The New Mexico Department of Health announced Thursday night that a female infant from Roosevelt County and a 5-year-old girl from Sandoval County have died from swine flu.

Health officials say neither child had a chronic medical condition.

The names of the victims were not released.

The Albuquerque Journal reported that the 5-year-old girl attended Rio Rancho Elementary School.

Rio Rancho School District officials said they planned to send a letter to parents notifying them about the girl's death.

So far this year, health officials say there have been seven deaths related to the swine flu in New Mexico.

They say the previous five deaths were a 45-year-old female from Sierra County with end stage liver disease, a 52-year-old female from Bernalillo County with chronic pulmonary disease, a 48-year-old female from McKinley County with asthma and diabetes, a 21-year-old female from Los Alamos County without chronic medical conditions, and a 58-year-old male from Bernalillo County with chronic conditions that put him at risk for serious complications from the flu.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.