Committee to hear presentation on equine virus

Freedom New Mexico The Legislative Interim Water and Natural Resources Committee is meeting today at 1:30 p.m. in the State Capitol in Santa Fe. Dr. Dave Fly, state veterinarian with the New Mexico Livestock Board, will give a presentation on the equine herpes virus (EHV-1) outbreak. This will be followed by a status update on [...]

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 [...]

Prevention key to fighting H1N1 virus

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist All of our children have had the H1N1 virus this past week. For some of them it was a particularly virulent form, with fevers over 105 F and a lot of worrying on our part. The pediatrician prescribed our youngest daughter, who is a little older than a year, Tamiflu, [...]

Officials say it took a week to confirm H1N1 death

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Health waited a week to disclose a Roosevelt County baby died of the H1N1 virus because it took that long to confirm through testing, a department spokesman said Friday. Chris Minnick, regional public information officer for the agency, said the baby girl died Sept. [...]

Respiratory virus tough on toddlers

By Sharna Johnson Around this time every year the majority of Plains Regional Medical Center’s 12-bed pediatric ward is full with babies and young toddlers and often there’s a single culprit to blame — Respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus or RSV. “When a child has RSV, they’re pretty sick little kids,” said Janna Flores, director of [...]

Portales man stable after heart transplant

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter A Portales man is in stable condition in a Texas hospital, after he received a heart transplant months after being diagnosed with an unknown heart virus. Charles ‘Charlie’ Crane underwent 10 hours of surgery Tuesday at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. “Charlie is doing well he [...]

West Nile threat at peak during summer months

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers The number of West Nile cases in New Mexico has dropped steadily since the mosquito-borne disease was discovered in the state in 2003. No cases have been reported yet this year, according to state health officials. However, summer is the prime time for West Nile, especially with this year’s unusually [...]

Third New Mexican dies from West Nile Virus

Staff and Wire Reports SANTA FE — The West Nile Virus has claimed the life of a third New Mexican, a 76-year-old San Miguel County woman. The state Health Department announced Thursday the woman died after being hospitalized for nearly three weeks with meningitis, an infection of the lining of the brain that is a [...]

Officials reassure residents

Mike Linn New Mexico health officials told a group of Portales senior citizens about the symptoms and dangers of West Nile Virus, then tried to persuade the group that they had nothing to worry about. Nelson Powers, an entomologist with the New Mexico Department of Health, gave a 45-minute presentation about the mosquito-transmitted virus Tuesday [...]

Vaccines can prevent West Nile

Mike Linn Given the aridity of the climate in New Mexico, cases of West Nile virus in horses pales in comparison to other southeastern states. Moreover, human cases have been non-existent in the state and health officials are crossing their fingers in the hopes that this year won’t yield the first. To limit and prevent [...]