West Nile In Dona Ana County

Las Cruces – A San Juan County woman and a woman from Dona Ana County are the first two people in New Mexico this year to be diagnosed with a West Nile virus infection.

The state Health Department says the 67-year-old San Juan County woman is hospitalized with neurological symptoms, the more severe clinical former of the virus.

The 47-year-old Dona Ana County woman had a positive West Nile virus test when she donated blood. She developed mild symptoms and has recovered.

Common 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. In 2008 and 2009, the state had eight human cases of West Nile virus.

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