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IN N.M., HANTAVIRUS TAKES ANOTHER LIFE; TOLL NOW 26

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The death toll has been increased by one in a han-ta-virus outbreak believed to have claimed 26 lives in five states.

The health department's Epidemiology Division said Monday the state now has 25 clinical cases, meaning symptoms match adult respiratory distress syndrome as caused by rodent-borne hantavirus. And the division said there are now 11 sus-pect-ed hantavirus deaths in the state - up one from figures issued last week.John McKean, spokesman for Gov. Bruce King, said the person who died most recently was apparently from the state's northwest quadrant, where most of the cases have occurred. He could provide no specifics on that case.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last week that there had been 43 cases under investigation - 22 in New Mexico, 12 in Arizona, seven in Colorado and one each in Utah and Texas from Feb. 7 to July 12.

Of those, 25 had died.