New Mexico Department of Health
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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


Drug Take-Back Day Provides Safe Way to Dispose of Prescriptions

Expired and unused prescription drugs can be dropped off for disposal on April 28th as part of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s, Drug Take Back Day.

New Way for Clients to Buy Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Today, the New Mexico Department of Health’s Women, Infants, and Children program launches a pilot project at two Las Cruces grocery stores to test a new way for participants to use WIC benefits to buy fresh fruits and vegetables.

Kids for Smoke-Free Air Challenge in Las Cruces

The New Mexico Department of Health in collaboration with Boys & Girls Club of New Mexico are promoting a secondhand smoke awareness campaign for parents and families who may be exposing their children and others to unhealthy secondhand smoke in homes and cars. This will help reduce tobacco-related illness, save lives and save money.


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.