NM man dies of West Nile infection

Posted at: 08/13/2013 1:48 PM
Updated at: 08/13/2013 1:49 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com

An 83-year-old Curry County man has died from a West Nile virus infection, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

It's the first West Nile fatality reported in the state this year.

Another Curry County resident has also been diagnosed with the virus, but her West Nile fever is less severe and the health department says she recovering.

"We extend our sympathy to this man's family and friends," said Secretary of Health Retta Ward. "We all need to avoid mosquito bites as best as possible, especially people older than 60, who are at most at risk for developing serious complications from the disease."

New Mexico's first case of West Nile infection this year was in a 13-year-old boy from San Juan County. He has since recovered.

Common West Nile symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. In rare cases, the virus can cause meningitis or encephalitis. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should see their health care provider.