West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne disease that was first seen in North America in 1999. The most serious manifestation of West Nile Virus infection is fatal encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) in humans and horses, as well as mortality in certain domestic and wild birds. Cases of West Nile Virus in New Mexico have occurred every year since 2003. West Nile Virus infections in humans occur seasonally, with the peak of cases in late summer and early fall.
The risk of acquiring West Nile Virus can be reduced by:
Public Health Confronts the Mosquito: Developing Sustainable State and Local Mosquito Control Programs, a report from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials' Mosquito Control Collaborative
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