In Brief 11-23-12

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N.M. woman dies when Fla. dive boat capsizes

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A woman visiting South Florida from New Mexico died after a large wave hit a dive boat, causing it to capsize after a Thanksgiving Day dive trip.
Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Dani Moschella says Nina Poppelsdorf died at a hospital shortly after the catamaran Coral Princess capsized Thursday afternoon. Three others were treated and released. A medical examiner will determine what killed Poppelsdorf.
Officials say Poppelsdorf was in South Florida with her nephew.
There were 23 people aboard the 45-foot boat as it returned from a dive trip Thursday. Officials say nearby boaters jumped into the water to pull people to safety. Pompano Beach Fire Rescue workers used personal watercraft to get to the site. The U.S. Coast Guard and other state and local agencies assisted in the rescue.

Study: Mountain home boom adds to NM plague cases

ALBUQUERQUE — A new study finds rustic home sites in the mountains east of Albuquerque and in rural Santa Fe County are adding to the number of people infected with plague.
The study co-authored by state public health veterinarian Paul Ettestad blames a trend that has seen affluent families building homes in areas rodents once had to themselves for changing the distribution of plague in New Mexico since the 1980s. The Albuquerque Journal reports the disease was previously most common in low-income communities in the northwestern part of the state.
Fleas carried by rodents and prairie dogs spread the disease to people. The state’s most recent death from human plague was in 2009.
The study was published earlier this year in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Chaves County deputies investigates two deaths

ROSWELL— Sheriff’s deputies in southeastern New Mexico are investigating the deaths of two people.
Albuquerque television station KRQE reports (http://bit.ly/SheCXi) that a man’s body was found smoldering along a road near Lake Arthur on Thursday morning. The discovery was made by a county worker.
In the second case, a hunter and his son found a man dead Monday near an oilfield site.
Authorities say the bodies have been sent to the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque for identification. Investigators will also try to determine how the two men died.

Health officials: Whooping cough on the rise in N.M.

ALBUQUERQUE — Health officials are warning that whooping cough is on the rise in New Mexico.
Albuquerque television station KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/10lO2AP) that more than 670 cases have been confirmed by the state Health Department. Two of those cases — a 2-month-old girl in San Miguel County and a 4-month-old boy in Bernalillo County — were fatal.
New Mexico ranks 10th in the nation with about 27 cases for every 100,000 people, and that’s three times the national average.
Health officials say the answer is immunization.
John Iacuone, a doctor with Lovelace Health Plan, says today’s recommendations even call for adults to get booster shots. He says adults could act as carriers of the illness.
Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a highly contagious bacterial illness that attacks the respiratory system.