Equine virus presentation scheduled

Freedom New Mexico The Legislative Interim Water and Natural Resources Committee is meeting today at 1:30 p.m. in the State Capitol in Santa Fe. Dr. Dave Fly, state veterinarian with the New Mexico Livestock Board, will give a presentation on the equine herpes virus (EHV-1) outbreak. This will be followed by a status update on […]

Press release: Harden releases latest update on preventing horse herpes outbreak

State Senator Clint Harden (R- Clovis) has been in close contact with the Office of the State Veterinarian regarding the Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) that has been exposed in New Mexico and he has been informed on how to prevent a horse herpes outbreak in the state. Senator Harden said the latest information he has […]

Horse virus outbreak raising concerns

Sharna Johnson Eastern New Mexico horse owners are being advised to keep their animals home as concerns grow over an outbreak of a deadly horse virus. While there were no confirmed New Mexico cases of the highly contagious Equine Herpes Virus-1 as of Wednesday, the state livestock board said there are two suspected cases in […]

West Nile virus case confirmed in Curry County

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Health has confirmed a case of West Nile Virus in Curry County. The department said in a press release Tuesday the Curry County case was one of 13 confirmed in New Mexico. Ten of the patients had the more serious West Nile neurological disease, including meningitis and […]

Prevention key flu remedy

By Anita Tedaldi All of our children have had H1N1 virus this past week. For some of them it was a particularly virulent form, with fevers over 105 F and a lot of worrying on our part. The pediatrician prescribed our youngest daughter, who is a little older than a year, Tamiflu, and told us […]

How the flu travels

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An illustration that shows how the flu travels and how it can be transmitted. Freedom New Mexico Here is an illustration that shows how the flu virus travels and how it can be transmitted in your workspace or enviroment.

Student absences, flu concerns on rise

Incidents of flu in the schools: Relatively normal. Worry from some parents because of the H1N1 virus: Elevated. School officials across eastern New Mexico are experiencing what they often do this time of year — increased absence due to sicknesses like the flu. What Clovis, Portales and Tucumcari Schools, among others, are also fighting is […]

Curry County has swine flu case

The New Mexico Department of Health reported Wednesday it has confirmed a case of H1N1 virus in a 4-year-old Curry County girl. Todd Sandman, public relations director for Plains Regional Medical Center’s parent company, said the child was seen on May 4 at the Clovis hospital’s walk-in clinic. The clinic staff treated the symptoms and […]

Press release: Two NM swine cases probable

SANTA FE – Governor Bill Richardson held a news conference this evening to announce the New Mexico Department of Health’s Epidemiology and Response Division is investigating two probable cases of swine flu. The cases are a one-year old male from Santa Fe County and an 18-year-old male from Valencia County. The Health Department’s Scientific Laboratory […]

Respiratory virus tough on toddlers

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Around this time every year the majority of Plains Regional Medical Center’s 12-bed pediatric ward is full with babies and young toddlers and often there’s a single culprit to blame — Respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus or RSV. “When a child has RSV, they’re pretty sick little kids,” said Janna […]

West Nile discovered in Curry County

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Francis Warner, a city of Clovis Vector Control Department employee, performed a West Nile test Thursday that returned a negative result. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Health officials are urging residents to take precautions due to the detection of the West Nile virus in Curry County. The virus has […]

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 […]

Hereford restaurant employee diagnosed with hepatitis A

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer More than 2,600 shots to prevent hepatitis A have been administered this week in Hereford, Texas, following the diagnosis of a Hereford Sonic Drive-In employee with the virus, according to officials. The Texas Department of State Health Services began administering free shots Monday afternoon to anyone who patronized the […]

Clovis woman third West Nile Virus fatality in state

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor An 82-year-old Curry County woman became the third person in New Mexico to die from West Nile Virus, a condition obtained through bites of infected mosquitos. Officials with the New Mexico Department of Health reported the woman’s death Thursday but were unclear as to when she died. So far […]

Secret to computer health is tight security

Tom DiFrancesca: Internet Safari Worms, I wish I were talking about the wiggly kind that we take fishin’ with us, but no, I am writing about the Internet type today. The “Sasser Worm” started off by plaguing computers in Taiwan last weekend, and then with a fury, it starting striking computers in North America on […]

Head ‘em up and move ‘em out on the old Chisholm Trail

Tom DiFrancesca Last week, I ended my column by mentioning Glen Seeber’s Internet endeavors. Glen is the news editor for the Clovis News Journal. So, as promised, I’m here with the scoop. The Chisholm Trail — after hearing or reading those words, I immediately picture in my mind, long arduous cattle drives, men who receive […]

Collaboration may be the key to problem solving

Tom DiFrancesca I mentioned a few columns back about the ability to listen to Clovis Wildcat football games online — during the games. Well, now the folks at KWKA/KTQM and I-Net of New Mexico have gone a step further; you can go to www.kwka.com and listen to past games. The streaming broadcasts have been archived […]

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 […]

Google lets users tailor news to interests

By Tom DiFrancesca Lots of newsworthy events have occurred this past week. Sometimes it’s hard to keep with up everything going on — locally, nationally and worldwide. That’s when Google really comes in handy. I’ve spoken with lots of folks lately, and they have narrowed down their breaking news resources, to one Web site: news.google.com […]

Health officials urge precautions against West Nile virus

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Dr. David Orton, a veterinarian at Aire Alto vet clinic, vaccinates a horse for the West Nile virus on Monday. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Mike Linn Given the aridity of the climate in New Mexico, cases of West Nile virus in horses pales in comparison to other southeastern states. Moreover, human cases have […]