N.M. Department of Health reports first human case of West Nile Virus

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The state Department of Health reported the first confirmed human case of West Nile virus in New Mexico Monday.

A 42-year-old woman from Dona Ana County was hospitalized and is recovering from the virus, according to the health department.

West Nile virus is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes that can sometimes be fatal.

New Mexico has seen human cases of West Nile virus every year since the virus migrated to New Mexico in 2003.

Last year there were seven confirmed cases in New Mexico, including one fatal case, and in 2017, there were 33 confirmed West Nile virus cases in New Mexico, with one reported death.

Mosquito populations tend to rise all over the state of New Mexico following the increased precipitation originating from the monsoon rains. It only takes one bite from an infected mosquito for a person to get sick, the health department reported Monday.

The health department urged New Mexicans to take precautions to protect themselves against West Nile virus.

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