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West Nile Virus Returns to New Mexico July 8, 2015 - Zoonotic Diseases - Disease

Right now, New Mexico is one of only a handful of states reporting human cases of the virus, including Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, and it has a lot to do with all the recent rains we’ve had. « read more »



Rabies Confirmed in Bat found at Walmart Supercenter in Albuquerque June 4, 2015 - Zoonotic Diseases - Disease

The New Mexico Department of Health announced today that a bat found hanging from the basket of a motorized wheelchair at an Albuquerque Walmart has tested positive for rabies. « read more »



First Human West Nile Virus Case in New Mexico for 2015 May 29, 2015 - Zoonotic Diseases - Disease

The New Mexico Department of Health announced today that a 12-year-old girl from Valencia County has been diagnosed with West Nile virus infection. She was hospitalized with neuroinvasive disease, the more serious form of the illness, but is now at home recovering. This is the first human case of We... « read more »



Rabid Fox from Lincoln County Has New Rabies Strain May 19, 2015 - Zoonotic Diseases - Disease

A rabid fox from Lincoln County that bit a woman on April 20 had a strain of rabies that has never before been identified. « read more »



Department of Health Reports Animal Plague and Tularemia Cases May 15, 2015 - Zoonotic Diseases - Alert

The New Mexico Department of Health is reporting 4 cases of plague and 10 cases of tularemia in animals in New Mexico since the beginning of the year. « read more »



Animal Plague Cases in Santa Fe Area January 15, 2015 - Zoonotic Diseases - Awareness

The New Mexico Department of Health is reporting five cases of plague in animals in the Santa Fe area since November 2014. Three cats, one dog and one mouse have all been confirmed with plague. Confirmatory testing was conducted at the Scientific Laboratory Division. All of the positive animals are... « read more »



Hantavirus Death of McKinley County Man December 4, 2014 - Zoonotic Diseases - Disease

The New Mexico Department of Health announced today a 28-year-old man from McKinley County has died of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). A 49-year-old man from Otero County is still hospitalized with HPS but is improving. Including these recent cases, New Mexico this year has had a total of six H... « read more »



First New Mexico West Nile Virus Death of 2014 September 23, 2014 - Zoonotic Diseases - Disease

The New Mexico Department of Health announced today that an 89-year-old man from Lea County has died from West Nile virus infection. This is the first fatality due to West Nile virus in New Mexico in 2014. The man had encephalitis, the more severe clinical form of the disease, and had been hospitali... « read more »



Hantavirus Case in a San Juan County Man September 17, 2014 - Zoonotic Diseases - Disease

The New Mexico Department of Health announced today that a 50-year-old man from San Juan County is hospitalized with laboratory confirmed Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). This is the fourth case of Hantavirus in New Mexico this year. An environmental investigation will be conducted at the home o... « read more »



First Human West Nile Virus Case in NM in 2014 August 20, 2014 - Zoonotic Diseases - Disease

The New Mexico Department of Health reports a 45-year-old woman from San Juan County has been diagnosed with West Nile virus infection. She was not hospitalized and is at home recovering. This is the first human case of West Nile virus infection identified in New Mexico this year. « read more »



Rabies in a Bat from San Miguel County August 12, 2014 - Zoonotic Diseases - Disease

The New Mexico Department of Health’s Scientific Laboratory Division confirmed rabies in a bat from San Miguel County. A 3-year-old girl came in contact with the bat while it was alive on the ground. The young child is receiving rabies vaccination to prevent her from developing the fatal disease. « read more »



Plague Activity Continues in the East Mountain Area July 25, 2014 - Zoonotic Diseases - Disease

The New Mexico Department of Health and the Department of Game and Fish report continuing instances of plague in the East Mountain area, which includes parts of Bernalillo, Torrance, and Santa Fe counties. Two animals, a mountain lion and a small raccoon-like mammal called a coati, from the Wildlife... « read more »



Plague Case in Rio Arriba County Woman July 21, 2014 - Zoonotic Diseases - Disease

The New Mexico Department of Health is reporting a case of plague in a 43-year-old woman from Rio Arriba County who is currently hospitalized. Confirmatory testing was conducted at the Department’s Scientific Laboratory Division. The first plague case in New Mexico in 2014 was reported in April in... « read more »



Warning Residents about Tularemia July 10, 2014 - Zoonotic Diseases - Disease

The New Mexico Department of Health announced today a laboratory confirmed case of tularemia in a 65 year-old woman from Bernalillo County. The cause of the woman’s illness was confirmed at the Department’s Scientific Laboratory Division. The woman was hospitalized but has recovered and gone hom... « read more »



Hantavirus Death in a San Juan County Woman June 17, 2014 - Zoonotic Diseases - Alert

The New Mexico Department of Health announced today that a 67-year-old woman from San Juan County has died of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). This is the first case of HPS in New Mexico this year. An environmental investigation will be conducted at the home of the patient to help reduce the ris... « read more »



Take Precautions to Prevent Mosquito Bites June 11, 2014 - Zoonotic Diseases - Awareness

The New Mexico Department of Health is reminding New Mexicans to take precautions against mosquito bites. Infected mosquitoes can transmit West Nile Virus to humans. « read more »



Rabies Confirmed in 2 Bats from Albuquerque’s South Valley June 4, 2014 - Zoonotic Diseases - Disease

The New Mexico Department of Health and the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department announced today two bats from the South Valley of Albuquerque have tested positive for rabies in the last two weeks. The bats were tested at the Department’s Scientific Laboratory Division. « read more »



Plague Activity Heats Up in the East Mountain Area May 23, 2014 - Zoonotic Diseases - Disease

The New Mexico Department of Health is reporting significant plague activity in the East Mountain area which includes parts of Bernalillo, Torrance, and Santa Fe counties. A dog was confirmed positive for plague this week at our Scientific Laboratory Division. The dog was from an area just on the we... « read more »



Plague Case in Torrance County Man April 25, 2014 - Zoonotic Diseases - Disease

The New Mexico Department of Health is reporting a case of plague in a 57-year-old man from Torrance County who is currently hospitalized in critical condition. Confirmatory testing is being conducted at our Scientific Laboratory Division. This is the first human case of plague in New Mexico and in... « read more »



Big Threats Come in Small Animals April 16, 2014 - Zoonotic Diseases - Awareness

Remember that old saying, “Big things come in small packages”? It’s all about great things like engagement rings, but it turns out big trouble can come in small packages too. While many New Mexicans are aware how mosquitoes can carry West Nile virus, there are many lesser known and equally tr... « read more »

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