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September 5, 2013 • State News

2 horses in southeastern NM get West Nile
HOBBS (AP) — Two horses in Lea County have tested positive for West Nile.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports that Mary Cap, a veterinarian who operates Mountain States Equine near Hobbs, confirmed that two horses had the deadly virus. She says one horse was in Tatum and the other was in Hobbs.

Both horses were treated and reportedly doing well.

The state Department of Health says there have been four reported human cases of the virus in 2013. Officials say most West Nile virus cases in New Mexico occur in August and September.

Common symptoms of the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus are fever, nausea, headache, and muscle aches.

Officials urge flu shots
SANTA FE (AP) — Health officials are reminding New Mexicans to [auth] start making plans to get flu shots.

The New Mexico Department of Health says the flu vaccine is arriving in some doctors’ offices and pharmacies.

And while it may seem early, Health Secretary Retta Ward says now is the time to make an appointment to get vaccinated.
She says it is hard to predict how intense the next flu season will be, so New Mexicans shouldn’t wait until flu season starts to get vaccinated.

Ward says everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine each flu season, especially children, pregnant women, people over 50 and anyone with special health conditions or other issues that put them at a higher risk.

Former Las Cruces detective faces more sex charges
LAS CRUCES (AP) — A former Las Cruces police detective is now accused of sexually assaulting a second girl.

Michael Garcia was arrested Aug. 23 on charges alleging he sexually assaulted a teenage girl during a student ride-along in his unmarked police car.

Authorities say Garcia was arrested Wednesday on eight additional counts of various criminal sexual crimes.

Those charges allege he assaulted a girl who was 10 or 11 years old when the crimes allegedly occurred between 2004 and 2008.

He resigned from the Police Department on Aug. 27.

Police checking on prowler report find beaten man
ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Albuquerque police investigating a report of a naked prowler found a badly beaten naked man on a street in a residential neighborhood.

The beaten man is hospitalized in critical condition.

Police found him early Thursday morning near a home where a caller had told a 911 dispatcher that a naked man had been caught watching the caller’s teenage daughters through a window.

According to police, three men in the home chased the man and a fight ensued.

The three men have been detained for questioning.

Agency investigates catfish deaths at Ute Lake
CLOVIS (AP) — New Mexico Department of Game and Fish biologists aren’t sure what killed dozens of catfish in Ute Lake.

The catfish were found floating in the eastern New Mexico lake near Tucumcari about a week after underwater blasting was conducted for construction of a water project.

However, department Fisheries Chief Mike Sloane says there’s no conclusive link between the blasting and the fish killed.

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