NM Confirms Case of West Nile Virus

NEW MEXICO HAS HAD ITS FIRST HUMAN CASE OF WEST NILE VIRUS IN 2019. THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SAYS A 42 YEAR OLD WOMAN FROM DONA ANA COUNTY CONTRACTED THE MOSQUITO-BORNE ILLNESS…WAS HOSPITALIZED AND HAS SINCE RECOVERED.

DEPARTMENT EPIDEMIOLOGIST SANDRA MELMAN SAYS IT’S NOT UNUSUAL TO START SEEING WEST NILE CASES IN AUGUST. MELMAN SAYS MOSQUITOES CARRY THE DISEASE, AND SINCE THEY NEED WATER TO BREED, WE COULD SEE MORE CASES THIS YEAR, GIVEN THE ABUNDANCE OF MOISTURE WE’VE HAD.

LATE LAST MONTH, THE CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE REPORTED THAT WEST NILE HAD BEEN CONFIRMED IN MOSQUITOES ALONG THE BOSQUE…BUT THERE HAVE NOT BEEN ANY HUMAN CASES SO FAR THIS YEAR IN THE METRO AREA.

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