Department of Health investigates Legionnaires’ disease cases in Chaves County

Department of Health investigates Legionnaires' disease cases in Chaves County

CHAVES COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – The New Mexico Department of Health is investigating a half a dozen cases of Legionnaires’ disease in Chaves County.

Six patients have been diagnosed since the first week of October. Among them, a 65 and 69-year-old women who have died.

Health officials won’t say if the patients know each other or live near each other, but Legionnaires disease is most commonly transmitted through drinking water.

Health officials will say this is raising red flags.

“Six cases in a single county like that is abnormal,” said Dr. Chad Smelser.

All six patients had other health issues that increased the risk of infection provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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