SANTA FE (KRQE) – New Mexico Department of Health officials have confirmed the first case of West Nile Virus has hit New Mexico this year.
A 45-year-old woman from San Juan County was diagnosed, but not hospitalized.
West Nile Virus symptoms are similar to the flu and include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches, officials say. Most people who contract the virus and mild or no symptoms.
Two New Mexico horses were diagnosed with West Nile Virus this year – one in Bernalillo COunty and the other in San Juan County. Both horses were euthanized due to the seriousness of the illness.
Health officials advise people to wear insect repellant outdoors and keep windows and doors that don’t have screens closed.