New Mexico Department of Health
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Featured

The Importance of Good Dental Health
School-Based Health Center Changes
Dental Health for Kids Begins with Parents
A Challenge for Many Families
Start Young with Cancer Prevention
A Threat We Can’t See or Smell
Preventing and Managing Diabetes
The STD Hiding in Plain Sight
Adults Need Vaccines, Too
Decrease in Childhood Obesity

Latest

Suspect Case of Wound Botulism Investigated

The New Mexico Department of Health is currently investigating a case of apparent wound botulism in a 21-year-old female from Doña Ana County. The suspected source of infection is contaminated black tar heroin. The patient injected black tar heroin under the skin, also known as “skin popping.” The woman is currently hospitalized.


Smoke Advisory for Communities in Animas River Valley

The New Mexico Environment Department and New Mexico Department of Health is issuing a smoke advisory for Farmington and surrounding northwestern New Mexico communities due to anticipated smoke from the 416 Fire in Colorado. The advisory is in effect now through Saturday at 11:00 am.


Potential Impacts from Tire Fire Near Cuba

A tire fire that started overnight and is located approximately 5 miles south of Cuba on CR 11 is generating smoke which may impact nearby residents. Smoke from tire fires contains a number of toxic air contaminants and particulate matter. The New Mexico Department of Health advises all residents near the tire fire to avoid smoke exposure, if possible.



Popular

Mosquitoes Capable of Transmitting Zika Found in Sierra County

The New Mexico Department of Health and New Mexico State University announced today that Aedes aegypti, a species of mosquito that can transmit Zika virus, has been identified in Sierra County. This is the first time this mosquito species has been identified in this county.


Additional Cases of Human Plague in Santa Fe County

The New Mexico Department of Health is reporting two recent confirmed plague cases in 52-year-old and 62-year-old females from Santa Fe County. With the addition of these cases, there have been three human plague cases from Santa Fe County in 2017. All three cases required hospitalization. There have been no deaths from plague in 2017.


Human Plague Case Confirmed in Bernalillo County

The New Mexico Department of Health, the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department, and the Bernalillo County Health Protection Section announced today a confirmed case of plague in a 77-year-old man from Bernalillo County. The case was confirmed at the Department of Health’s Scientific Laboratory Division. This is the second human case of plague in New Mexico this year.