Environmental Public Health Tracking System
How might the environment affect your health? We are working to help understand. As part of the National Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) Network, an initiative lead by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New Mexico offers this site as a source for environment information integrated with health information in efforts to track and understand how the environment might affect the health of New Mexicans.
The Environmental Public Health Tracking website summarizes air quality and water quality data as well as environmental health outcomes such as asthma, myocardial infarction (heart attack), birth defects, reproductive outcomes, thyroid cancer, and leukemia. It includes studies on the linkage of ozone in air with asthma, and arsenic in drinking water with bladder cancer. It also provides warning systems based on real-time satellite data for wildfires, dust, heat waves, and other weather events.
Current data sets include:
- Air Quality - Ambient air particulate matter and ozone.
- Water Quality - Drinking water contaminants include arsenic, uranium, lead, nitrate and drinking water disinfection by-products.
- Biomonitoring - Blood, urine and hair. Monitored contaminants include arsenic, uranium, lead, mercury and other metals.
- Respiratory Effects - Measures include asthma hospitalization age-adjusted rates.
- Cardiovascular Effects - Measures include heart attack hospitalization age-adjusted rates.
- Cancer - Measures include heart attack hospitalization age-adjusted rates.
- Birth Defects - Measures include prevalence of infants with cleft lip with or without cleft palate.
- Reproductive Health - Birth is a complex and wonderful process and fortunately, the birth outcome for most women is a full term and healthy baby.
The Pino Fire is currently burning in an area of the Santa Fe National Forest five miles south of State Highway 4 and six miles east of Jemez Springs. Fire crews will begin multiple hand and aerial ignitions today to manage the wildfire. Based on forecasted weather conditions, smoke from the Pino Fi... « read more »
The Diego Fire, located seven miles southwest of Coyote, NM has grown to 1,000 acres. Smoke from the fire is expected to impact Los Alamos, Santa Fe, and Rio Arriba counties starting late Monday afternoon through at least 9 p.m. Additionally, communities downwind from the fire may also experience... « read more »
When wildfires happen, both the New Mexico Department of Health and Environment Department track the fires, advising residents in areas affected by fire how to reduce the risk to themselves and their families from smoke exposure. « read more »