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Six New West Nile Cases Bring State Total To 14

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State health officials on Tuesday reported six new cases of West Nile virus, including three involving neurological complications, bringing to 14 the total number of New Mexico cases.

No New Mexicans have died of the mosquito-borne disease this year.

The new cases include a Sandoval County man, 79, a Doña Ana County boy, 9, and a Doña Ana County man, 72, with complications of encephalitis or meningitis, the New Mexico Department of Health said.

Other new cases include and Doña Ana County man, 78, a Lea County man, 59, and a Bernalillo County woman, 56, with uncomplicated fevers.

Common symptoms of the viral illness are fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. Anyone with these symptoms should visit a health care provider.

Protect yourself from mosquito bites by using insect repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 on exposed skin. Wear protective clothing, particularly from dusk until dawn when mosquitoes are most likely to bite. Eliminate water-holding containers where mosquitoes can lay eggs.

 

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