A 29-year-old Curry County man was among three new West Nile Virus cases reported in the state Wednesday, according to a Department of Health press release.
The man had a more severe West Nile neurologic disease as compared to the other two cases, which included a 56-year-old woman from Dona Ana County and a 52-year-old woman from Lea County with West Nile fever. All three infected have recovered.
“With the recent rains and flooding, there are areas of standing water in many areas of the state that can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes,” said Department of Health Secretary of Health Retta Ward in the press release. “It is very important for people to avoid mosquito bites so they can prevent getting infected with West Nile virus.”
New Mexico has had 10 human cases so far this year, including two deaths. An 82-year man from Curry County died last month.
No cases have been reported in Roosevelt County.
Common West Nile Virus symptoms are fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches, according to the press release. In rare cases, West Nile Virus can cause meningitis or encephalitis.
To protect you and your family from West Nile Virus infection, the Department of Health suggests:
• Use insect repellent on exposed skin and clothing when you go outdoors.
• 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, and regularly change the water in birdbaths, wading pools and pet water bowls. Make sure rain barrels are 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.