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New Mexico And Chihuahua Testing For Swine Flu

POSTED: Friday, May 1, 2009 - 6:30am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 10:29pm

Swine flu has been ruled out as the cause of a Las Cruces student's death. The six-year-old boy was sent home after becoming sick at school on Tuesday. He later died. Today a medical investigator confirmed that the boy did not have swine flu and also never had any flu like symptoms.

New Mexico may have its first four cases of swine flu. Preliminary tests show a one-year-old boy from Santa Fe County and an 18-year-old man from Valencia County may have swine flu. Two teens in Socorro County may also have swine flu. Confirmation on some of those cases could come as soon as tomorrow.

Here's a look at confirmed cases by the CDC across the country. There are 11 states affected. New York has the most with 50 confirmed cases. But according to the associated press state officials are reporting 19 additional cases and 5 more states.

Eighteen suspected swine flu cases from Chihuahua are being tested. The local health department says the patients all show symptoms of the flu. Like the cases in El Paso and New Mexico, the ones in Juarez are suspected, not confirmed.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon is telling people to stay home as the country prepares for a partial economic shutdown. Starting tomorrow, Mexico will suspend non-essential work and services for at least five days. In a nationally-televised address, Calderon called on the Mexican people to stay home during the shut down, saying that's the safest way to avoid the swine flu. The confirmed death toll from swine flu in Mexico is at 159.

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