ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Recent rain storms have left behind plenty of standing water, which has the state warning people about the potential for west Nile virus.
Crews were out Wednesday checking storm water at Mariposa Basin Park in Albuquerque for mosquito larvae. Parts of the park are still flooded from recent rains.
Paul Smith, with the city's Environmental Health Department, says all of the standing water is a great breeding ground for mosquitoes.
"They're not going to be developing as fast as we saw right after those initial rains in July," Smith said. "Development is going to be a little slower, but until we get that first frost we still can have some mosquito development going on."
With more mosquitoes comes the possibility for west Nile virus.
It's a threat statewide wherever there's standing water and where temperatures haven't yet dipped below freezing.
The state Department of Health announced three new cases of the virus Wednesday bringing the total number of infections in humans this year to 10 across seven counties.
Two of those cases have been fatal.
The three new cases were in Lea, Doña Ana and Curry counties. Health Department officials say the three people recently infected have all recovered.
Officials are urging people to take precautions like wearing mosquito repellant and eliminating any standing water close to and around homes.
"We haven't seen the same pressure that we did last year with West Nile," Smith said. "We're hoping it stays that way, but again, we're out checking for habitat, treating for mosquitoes.
"We want to encourage people to take precautions because it still is a risk until we get that first frost of the year."
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