A 62-year-old Quay County man is one of 10 new cases of West Nile virus that have been diagnosed since Sept. 19, the New Mexico Department of Health reported in a news release.
The Quay County case reported only “uncomplicated fever” as a symptom. Other cases throughout the state have reported the more severe symptoms of encephalitis/meningitis stemming from West Nile. The Quay County case is the county’s first this year, the news release said.
Last week’s diagnoses bring the state’s total of West Nile cases to 20. Two deaths have been attributed to the disease, DOH reported.
August and September are peak times for West Nile cases in New Mexico though infectious mosquitoes can be present until the first hard frost, according to a DOH news release. A horse from Otero County also tested positive for West Nile Virus infection.
About half of the total number of cases were diagnosed in eastern New Mexico.
Besides the Quay County case, the new cases include:
• A 20-year-old woman from Roosevelt County. Uncomplicated Fever
• 26-year-old man from Roosevelt County. Encephalitis/Meningitis
• 15-year-old boy from Curry County. Uncomplicated Fever
• 72-year-old man from Lea County. Encephalitis/Meningitis
• 82-year-old man from Lea County. Encephalitis/Meningitis
• 76-year-old woman from Bernalillo County. Encephalitis/Meningitis.
• 57-year-old woman from Bernalillo County. Encephalitis/Meningitis.
• 36-year-old woman from San Juan County. Encephalitis/Meningitis
• 50-year-old woman from San Juan County. Encephalitis/Meningitis
Total Human Cases by County:
• Quay County: 1 case
• Bernalillo County: 3 cases
• Chaves County: 1 case
• Curry County: 4 cases
• De Baca County: 1 case
• Dona Ana County: 1 case
• Lea County: 3 cases
• Roosevelt County: 2 case
• San Juan County: 4 cases