SANTA FE (KRQE) - With two new cases 28 New Mexicans have now been diagnosed with West Nile virus.
The newly confirmed cases involve a 64-year-old man from Bernalillo County and a 77-year-old woman from San Juan County. Both have the uncomplicated-fever version of the disease, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.
When complications set in, the diseases can evolve into meningitis and encephalitis. One fatality has been reported this year.
Common symptoms DOH says are worth a trip to a health care provider include:
- muscle aches
In rare cases the diseases advances into meningitis, an inflammation of membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord, or encephalitis, and inflammation of the brain.
Preventative measures include using insect repellents, wearing protective clothing like socks and loose-fitting long-sleeve shirts and long pants, eliminating standing water where mosquitoes can breed and keeping doors and windows closed unless they are screened.
The disease was first reported in New Mexico in 2003, and historically the number of cases peaks in August and September.
Addition information is available on the DOH West Nile Health Data website.
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