New Mexico Reports First Case of West Nile Virus in 2015

New Mexico Reports First Case of West Nile Virus in 2015

Staff Report
Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - State health officials say a 12-year-old Valencia County girl has New Mexico's first case of the West Nile virus in 2015.

The Department of Health says the girl was hospitalized but is now recovering at home.

New Mexico typically sees most of its West Nile virus cases in August and September but can see cases in May and June through October.

West Nile can cause flu-like symptoms such as fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. More severe symptoms include coma, convulsions and paralysis.

Health officials say chances of getting a mosquito bite that can transmit the virus can be reduced by using insect repellant, draining standing water, wearing long sleeves and pants, and using screens on doors and windows to keep out mosquitoes.