Former county commissioner ill with West Nile

Jack King Paul Dee Barnes, a former Curry County commissioner and longtime community leader, said Tuesday he has contracted West Nile virus. “Unfortunately, I have it,” the 60-year-old farmer and rancher said. “I don’t know when I got it. I’ve spent about two weeks in the hospital, but I’m OK. There’s no permanent damage that […]

West Nile cases on the rise

By Darrell Todd Maurina The first local county where humans contracted West Nile continues to have the highest number of cases in the region. Bailey County now has 10 confirmed cases of West Nile in humans and 13 more suspected cases are awaiting the results of state testing, officials with Muleshoe Medical Center said. “I […]

West Nile invades region

By Darrell Todd Maurina West Nile has invaded the region full force, with new confirmed or suspected human cases reported in Curry, Roosevelt, Bailey, and Parmer counties. Until mid-August, no human cases had been confirmed in the area, though a number of cases had been confirmed as early as last year in horses. Although West […]

Muleshoe hit with West Nile outbreak

By Darrell Todd Maurina Muleshoe Area Medical Center says it now has three confirmed cases of West Nile virus and a dozen cases under investigation. In response, Muleshoe doctors urge residents to seek medical evaluation for persistent headaches and other flu-like symptoms. Dr. Joe Garrett, an epidemiologist with the Texas Department of Public Health, said […]