The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent report says influenza is now widespread in Colorado and New Mexico and the rate of flu activity is among the highest in the country.
Both Colorado and New Mexico are among three states the report says have “high” flu activity. The third state is Georgia.
Activity in New Mexico is 4.5 percent of patient visits, compared with the national average of 3.3 percent.
The highest flu activity in New Mexico is the northeast corner, where it is 9.1 percent of patient visits.
New Mexico health officials announced their first flu-related death of the season two weeks ago. According to the New Mexico Department of Health the death occurred in a woman 65-years or older from Lincoln County.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported 596 people have been hospitalized during the 2018-19 flu season. With eight outbreaks reported at long-term care facilities. No flu-related pediatric deaths have been reported so far.
Influenza-like illness patient visits reported by outpatient clinics have increased in Colorado from 6.7 percent to 7.9 percent. This is above the baseline level of 5.05 percent.