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First flu cases in New Mexico; Infant death rate rises; Pig heart recipient dies - Morning Medical Update

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First flu cases in New Mexico

The first two flu cases of this year’s flu season have been reported in New Mexico, according to the New Mexico Department of Health. “The best time possible to get your annual flu vaccination is now, especially while overall flu rates in New Mexico and the United States remain relatively low,” Department of Health Secretary Patrick Allen said in a statement.

Infant death rate rises

The infant mortality rate rose 3% last year, which is the largest increase in 20 years. Researchers can’t determine if the spike is indicative of an upward trend or just a statistical blip. Georgia, Iowa, Missouri, and Texas experienced the highest rates of infant mortality.

Pig heart recipient dies

The second ever man to receive a pig heart transplant has died six weeks after his operation. “Mr. Faucette's last wish was for us to make the most of what we have learned from our experience, so others may be guaranteed a chance for a new heart when a human organ is unavailable,” Dr. Bartley Griffith, the surgeon who performed the transplant said in a statement. The first man to receive a pig heart transplant survived two months.

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