West Nile Virus detected in local mosquitoes

West Nile, Bernalillo County

BERNALILLO COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – According to the Albuquerque Environmental Health Department, the state’s first mosquitoes to test positive for West Nile Virus in 2014 were collected in Bernalillo County.

In a news release, Dr. Paul Smith of the Environmental Health Department said, “In light of increased rainfall over the past couple of weeks, and this recent detection of West Nile virus infected mosquitoes, we are making every effort to let the public know how to avoid the risk of contracting the virus and how to help reduce mosquito populations around their homes.”

Common symptoms of West Nile Virus include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. People older than 60 are at the most risk for serious symptoms.

The department is urging horse owners to vaccinate horses and regularly flush water troughs to prevent mosquito breeding.

Residents are also encouraged to wear insect repellent, eliminate water-holding containers and keep windows and doors closed if not screened.

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