West Nile Growing In New Mexico

New Mexico – New Mexico has 13 confirmed West Nile virus cases and is investigating several more potential human cases.

The state Department of Health had previously reported a total of five cases three in Dona Ana County and two in San Juan County. Health officials now say the latest total shows five cases in Dona Ana County, four in San Juan County and one each in Chaves, Curry, McKinley and Eddy counties.

They say 10 of the 13 patients have the more serious West Nile neurological disease, including meningitis and encephalitis. The patients were hospitalized but are recovering.

Authorities say New Mexico typically sees most of its West Nile cases in August and September. There were eight human cases of the virus in both 2008 and 2009.

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