2nd case of West Nile confirmed in Bernalillo County

Posted at: 09/20/2013 2:59 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com

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A second case of West Nile has been confirmed in Bernalillo County this year.

According to the Albuquerque Environmental Health Department, a 76-year-old woman was hospitalized with the severe neuro-invasive form of the disease, but she is expected to recover.

The department is conducting tests to determine possible sites where the West Nile patient could have encountered infected mosquitos.

"It is important for the community of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County to remember that West Nile virus is still a real public health threat," Dr. Mark DiMenna said. "We encourage everyone to continue to follow preventative measures aimed at reducing mosquito exposure in order to ensure their safety."

Anyone noticing a lot of mosquito activity or standing water can report the issue by calling 311.

The risk of contracting West Nile can be reduced by using insect repellant, avoiding outdoor activity around dusk and dawn, wearing loose-fitting clothing that protects the skin, closing windows and doors and eliminating standing water when possible.