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2nd hantavirus death this year reported in New Mexico


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Department of Health officials have reported the second hantavirus death this year in the state.

They say a 53-year-old woman from McKinley County died while a 35-year-old woman in Lincoln County was hospitalized with hantavirus but has recovered.

State health officials say there have been five lab-confirmed cases of hantavirus in New Mexico this year.

In 2016, there were eight cases in the state with five fatalities.

Hantavirus is a severe respiratory disease in humans.

It is passed to humans by infected rodents through urine, droppings or saliva and can...

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