Public Health Alerts
Being exposed to rodents that carry the Hantavirus, specifically the deer mouse, or their droppings, is a risk factor for contracting the deadly respiratory disease known as Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). There were eight reported Human Cases of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome in New Mexico in 2016. Rodent control in and around the home remains the primary strategy for preventing Hantavirus infection.
West Nile Virus
West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne illness. Up to 80 percent of people infected with West Nile virus will have no symptoms. However, some infections can result in serious illness or death. People over 50 years of age and those with weakened immune systems are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if they become infected with the virus.
Your best defense is to practice these four habits:
- Use an approved insect repellent every time you go outside. Approved repellents are those that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Follow the instructions on the label.
- Regularly drain standing water, including water that collects in empty cans, tires, buckets, clogged rain gutters and saucers under potted plants. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water.
- Wear long sleeves and pants at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
- Use air conditioning or make sure there are screens on all doors and windows to keep mosquitoes from entering the home.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year. CDC also recommends prompt treatment with influenza antiviral drugs for people who are very sick with flu or people who are at high risk of flu illness who get flu. Learn more about influenza for the 2016-2017 through these resources …