Secret Site Map
Thursday, November 27, 2014

Home News New Mexico Confirms First 2010 Hantavirus Case

New Mexico Confirms First 2010 Hantavirus Case

Public Health

The state's health department announced on Thursday that a 44-year-old woman from McKinley County has been hospitalized in critical condition after contracting the virus.

| May 7, 2010

SANTA FE, N.M. —  The New Mexico Department of Health announced on Thursday that a 44-year-old woman from McKinley County has been hospitalized in critical condition at UNM Hospital in Albuquerque with the state’s first case of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome this year.

An environmental investigation will be conducted to determine where the woman may have been exposed to the virus. “We want everyone to be aware that Hantavirus is present through out our state and that precautions need to be taken to avoid rodents and their droppings,” said Dr. Paul Ettestad, the Department’s public health veterinarian.

“Most people are exposed to Hantavirus in or around their homes, especially when they clean out enclosed areas that have lots of mouse droppings. The best defense against Hantavirus is to avoid disturbing areas of rodent infestation, including nests and droppings. As warmer weather occurs, people need to air out their cabins and sheds before entering them for the first time.”

Hantavirus is a deadly disease transmitted by infected rodents through urine, droppings or saliva. People can contract the disease when they breathe in aerosolized virus. The deer mouse is the main reservoir for Hantavirus in New Mexico.

Source: New Mexico Department of Health

Top news

NPMA Announces Opening for Director of Regulatory Affairs Position

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is seeking a qualified regulatory affairs professional to direct the day-to-day management and execution of NPMA’s federal and state regulatory affairs programs

Ehrlich Selected to Protect National Landmarks

The company has been selected by the National Park Service to install and maintain effective termite control systems for 14 national historic sites in the Delaware Valley, including Independence Hall.

NC State: Warmer Temps Limit Impact of Parasites, Boost Pest Populations

Research from North Carolina State University shows that some insect pests are thriving in warm, urban environments and developing earlier, limiting the impact of parasitoid wasps that normally help keep those pest populations in check.

PCO Caldwell in Country Gospel Music Video

Ronnie Caldwell, president of Innovative Pest Management, Denver, N.C., is one of the stars of the new Bruce Hedrick video 'A Better Man.'

Fruit Flies Learn From Others, Researchers Say

When female fruit flies have to decide where to lay their eggs, they take their lead from what they see most others in their group do, new research shows.

x