Five New West Nile Cases in New Mexico

Five New West Nile Cases in New Mexico
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Friday, September 14, 2012 - 3:54pm

One case is in Doña Aña County

The New Mexico Department of Health Friday announced the confirmation of five new cases of the West Nile Virus, including one in Doña Aña County. Below is the breakdown provided by the state.

West Nile Update: September 14, 2012
West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne disease. Human cases of the disease have been reported every year in New Mexico since 2003. August and September are peak times for West Nile cases in New Mexico.
New Human Cases by County:
Five new cases have been reported since the last update on 09/11/2012, bringing the total for this year to 26 cases.

The new cases are:
1. 79 year old man from Bernalillo County. Encephalitis/meningitis
2. 83 year old woman from Bernalillo County. Uncomplicated fever
3. 57 year old woman from Dona Ana County. Encephalitis/meningitis
4. 70 year old woman from San Juan County. Encephalitis/meningitis
5. 32 year old woman from San Juan County. Encephalitis/meningitis

Deaths by County:

One death has been reported in 2012 due to West Nile Virus.

Total Human Cases by County:

Bernalillo County: 8 cases; 63 year old man, encephalitis/meningitis; 58 year old woman, encephalitis/meningitis; 55 year old man, uncomplicated fever; 76 year old man, encephalitis/meningitis, which resulted in death; 56 year old woman, uncomplicated fever; 44 year old man, encephalitis/meningitis; 79 year old man, encephalitis/meningitis; 83 year old woman, uncomplicated fever.

Cibola County: 1 case; 59 year old man, uncomplicated fever.

Curry County: 1 case; 32 year old man, uncomplicated fever.

Dona Ana County: 6 cases; 54 year old man, encephalitis/meningitis; 76 year old man, encephalitis/meningitis; 78 year old man, uncomplicated fever; 9 year old boy, encephalitis/meningitis; 72 year old man, encephalitis/meningitis; 57 year old woman, encephalitis/meningitis.

Lea County: 1 case; 59 year old man, uncomplicated fever.

Rio Arriba: 1 case; 62 year old woman, meningitis.

San Juan County: 3 cases; 43 year old man, uncomplicated fever; 70 year old woman, encephalitis/meningitis; 32 year old woman, encephalitis/meningitis.

San Miguel County: 1 case; 67 year old man, uncomplicated fever.

Sandoval County: 3 cases; 79 year old man, encephalitis/meningitis; 81 year old man, encephalitis/meningitis; 73 year old woman, encephalitis/meningitis.

Valencia County: 1 Case; 21 year old woman, encephalitis/meningitis.

Symptoms:
Common West Nile Virus symptoms are fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. If someone has these symptoms, they should see their health care provider. Less than one percent of people who contract West Nile Virus develop meningitis or encephalitis. Meningitis is inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fever and chills; confusion, nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light. Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain. Symptoms include headache, fever, confusion and drowsiness. People older than 50 are at most risk for serious disease from West Nile Virus.

Prevention Guidelines:
• Use insect repellent on exposed skin and clothing when you go outdoors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends using insect repellents containing DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535 for use on skin, and permethrin for use on clothing. Always follow label directions when using insect repellents.
• When weather permits, wear protective clothing such as loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks.
• The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for mosquitoes. Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing or avoid outdoor activities during these times.
• Eliminate water-holding containers where mosquitoes lay their eggs, such as old tires. Regularly change the water in birdbaths, wading pools and pet water bowls. Make sure rain barrels are tightly screened.
• Keep windows and doors closed if not screened. If you leave your house doors or windows open, make sure they have screens that fit tightly and have no holes.
• Vaccinate your horses to protect them from West Nile Virus and Western Equine Encephalitis, which is also carried by mosquitoes.

Resources:
http://nmhealth.org/ERD/HealthData/westnile.shtml.

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