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  • Health officials in New Mexico reported five new cases of West Nile virus.
  • The New Mexico Department of Health said in a news release the cases originated in Bernalillo, Doña Ana and Taos counties.
  • No virus-related deaths have been reported.

Health officials in New Mexico reported five new cases of West Nile virus as standing water from heavy rainfall has created perfect conditions for mosquitoes to breed and spread the disease.

The New Mexico Department of Health said in a news release the cases originated in Bernalillo, Doña Ana and Taos counties, with no disease-related deaths so far. 

“West Nile virus can be a health concern anywhere in New Mexico,” Department of Health Deputy Secretary Laura Parajón said. “Until colder weather takes hold, take precautions against mosquito bites wherever mosquitoes are active.”


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Symptoms of the virus include fever, headache, fatigue, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. Some of the more serious symptoms can include high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, disorientation, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis, the department said. 

The department advised residents to curb the risk of infection by draining stagnant water when possible, keeping windows and doors closed and wearing long sleeves and pants to avoid bites when outdoors at “dusk and dawn.” Additionally, residents should apply insect repellent, according to the department. 

Officials encourage anyone with symptoms of West Nile to contact their health care provider. 


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Published on Sep 17, 2021