Regional
12:35 pm
Thu September 9, 2010

Three West Nile Cases Reported in NM

SANTA FE, N.M. – Three more New Mexico residents have been diagnosed with West Nile virus infections, bringing the total number of cases to five.

The Department of Health says a 61-year-old from Dona Ana County man has recovered, while a 40-year-old man from the same county is hospitalized with meningitis, a complication of West Nile. The department says a 43-year-old San Juan County man recovered after being hospitalized with meningitis.

The agency announced the first two cases last month, in women from Dona Ana and San Juan counties. They are recovering.

West Nile is carried by mosquitoes.

Symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. In rare cases, West Nile virus can cause meningitis or encephalitis.

New Mexico typically sees most of its West Nile cases in August and September.