Farmington The New Mexico Department of Health notified San Juan County and the City of Farmington today a 61-year-old Farmington man has died from West Nile Virus. It is unknown where this individual contracted the virus. This is the first human case in San Juan County this year and the first statewide fatality in 2017.
According to the New Mexico Department of Health website “West Nile is still circulating in New Mexico and, in some cases, it can be fatal. People over the age of fifty have an increased risk of having serious consequences from infection from West Nile virus and should be especially careful to avoid mosquito bites.
The City of Farmington has an aggressive mosquito control program that includes weekly spraying at night throughout Farmington, treatment of standing water and targeted treatments. The program starts in May on the Thursday prior to Memorial Day and ends with the first heavy frost.
Our Citizens can reduce the chances of a mosquito bite that can transmit West Nile Virus by:
- Use an approved insect repellent every time they go outside and follow the instructions on the label. Among the EPA-approved repellents are those that contain DEET, picaridan, IR3535 and oil of lemon eucalyptus/para-menthane-diol.
- Regularly drain standing water, including water collecting in empty cans, tires, buckets, clogged rain gutters and saucers under potted plants. Mosquitoes that spread West Nile Virus breed in stagnant water.
- Wear long sleeves and pants at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
- Use air conditioning or make sure there are screens on all doors and windows to keep mosquitoes from entering the home.
- For more information, please contact the Department of Health at 505.827.0006, or visit their website at https://nmhealth.org/about/erd/ideb/zdp/wnv/ for answers to frequently asked questions and fact sheets in English and Spanish.