West Nile virus case confirmed in Curry County

Freedom New Mexico

The New Mexico Department of Health has confirmed a case of West Nile Virus in Curry County.

The department said in a press release Tuesday the Curry County case was one of 13 confirmed in New Mexico.

Ten of the patients had the more serious West Nile neurological disease, including meningitis and encephalitis, and were hospitalized. Three of the cases had the less severe West Nile fever. All cases have survived and are recovering, according to the release.

Cases also come from counties: Dona Ana (5), San Juan (4), Chaves (1), McKinley (1), and Eddy (1).

In addition, three blood donors with no symptoms tested positive for West Nile Virus, indicating that they were infected with the virus and recovered. The donors came from Dona Ana, Chaves, and Lea counties.

According to the release, New Mexico typically sees most of its West Nile cases in August and September. There were eight cases of West Nile each year in 2009 and 2008.