Health Department offers tips against mosquito viruses

Eddie Garcia
May 19, 2017 06:26 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.  -- The New Mexico Department of Health is warning all New Mexicans that mosquitoes which can carry the West Nile virus are likely in the Bosque, especially as overflow leaves behind still ponds of water.


They're most active in the morning and evening, so Dr. Paul Ettestad at the Health Department said everyone using the bosque needs to take precautions.

"Make sure you wear, plenty of deet or any other approved insect repellant,m long shirts or long pants," Ettestad said.

Ettestad said when it comes to the Zika virus, mosquitoes like to live around people, so mostly in yards. He said just one bottle cap full of water could breed hundreds of mosquitoes. He says you need to dump out all the standing water around your yard.

As of now, the two types of mosquito which carry the Zika virus have been found in six New Mexico counties, with Doña Ana being the most recent. These breeds don't wait until dusk or dawn to attack.

"They are very aggressive and will come out during the day and bite you," Ettestad said.

Ettestad warns against travel to some countries this summer where the Zika virus continues to spread.

"That includes central and south America and most of the islands in the Caribbean, so especially pregnant women should not travel to those areas," he said.


Eddie Garcia

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