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Thu September 19, 2013
Heavy Rains Bring Worries Of West Nile Virus
With heavy rainfall still drenching parts of the Southwest, health officials are warning that mosquito populations could increase, and more mosquitoes could mean more West Nile Virus.
Three recently identified cases in the New Mexico aren't related to increased rain, but they do signal the need for people to steer clear of mosquitoes.
"We are concerned that with these new rains and a lot of standing water that there may be a lot of mosquito breeding sites," said Paul Ettestad, an epidemiologist with the New Mexico Department of Health. "There may be an increase in the mosquito population and maybe an increased risk for people getting West Nile Virus."