Health officials in New Mexico are increasingly concerned about incidence of the West Nile virus popping up in the population. Concerns have especially been raised since the West Nile virus outbreak in children. There is also an elevated risk for rabies in New Mexico at this time. Officials are warning the public of the dangers of both diseases.
Per the New Mexico Department of Health, heavy rains recently have exacerbated the population of mosquitoes. The number of reported West Nile cases has doubled since those heavy rainfalls at the end of September. Only ten days into October and New Mexico has an increase of ten new reported cases. The total of West Nile virus cases is at 20 – two people have died of the disease during this year.
The horse population has reported one case [in Otero County] positively identified as West Nile.
Also of concern is the risk of rabies since six children have been exposed to a rabid bat. They are undergoing rabies treatment.
New Mexico Department of Health informs the public to be wary of the current peak time for West Nile virus. Mosquitoes will survive the cooling weather, and continue to pose threat until a hard, killing frost occurs.
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