State officials said it took a week to confirm local swine flu death

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Health waited a week to disclose a Roosevelt County baby died of the H1N1 virus because it took that long to confirm through testing, a department spokesman said Friday. Chris Minnick, regional public information officer for the agency, said the baby girl died Sept. 24 from the […]

Health officials: Salmonella investigation expanded

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Health says an investigation into salmonella cases in Roosevelt County has expanded. NMDOH officials said Tuesday they have confirmed 12 cases in Roosevelt County by DNA testing and say they are all from the same strain. The latest of those cases was confirmed on July 7, according […]

West Nile threat at peak during summer months

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers The number of West Nile cases in New Mexico has dropped steadily since the mosquito-borne disease was discovered in the state in 2003. No cases have been reported yet this year, according to state health officials. However, summer is the prime time for West Nile, especially with this year’s unusually […]

State health officials report ‘unconfirmed’ mumps cases

By William P. Thompson: Freedom Newspapers A mumps outbreak which has blazed through the Midwest may be knocking on New Mexico’s door. The New Mexico Department of Health has issued a release stating that two “possible” mumps cases have recently been discovered in New Mexico, although the release is quick to add that New Mexico […]

Flu season approaching

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The month of October brings pleasant changes in the form of shorter days and cooler weather. The beginning of fall, however, is also the onset of flu season. Chris Minnick of the New Mexico Department of Health said flu shot shortages were not expected to be a worry this […]