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CDC awards funds for New Mexico to prepare for Zika

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded New Mexico $290,913 dollars as part of $25 million dollars in funding to states, cities, and territories to support efforts to protect Americans from Zika virus infection and associated adverse health outcomes, including microcephaly, and the other serious birth defects.

Stephen C. Redd, M.D. (RADM, USPHS), director of CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response said, “Although the continental United States has not yet seen local transmission of the Zika virus, mosquito season is here, and states must continue to both work to prevent transmission and prepare for their first local case.”

Selection of funding recipients was based on the risk of local transmission as determined by the estimated range of the two Aedes mosquito species known to transmit Zika virus in the U.S.; history of mosquito-borne disease outbreaks; and size of population. Jurisdictions can use the funds to rapidly identify and investigate a possible outbreak of Zika virus in their communities; coordinate a comprehensive response across all levels of government and non-governmental partners (including the healthcare sector); and identify and connect families affected by Zika to community services. Funding can also be used to purchase preparedness resources like repellent, screens, and supplies for Zika Prevention Kits.

Zika virus spreads to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus), although Aedes aegypti are more likely to spread Zika. Zika infection can also be spread by men to their sexual partners. There is currently no vaccine or treatment for Zika. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito. However, Zika infection in pregnant women is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects. Zika also has been linked to Guillain-Barré syndrome, an uncommon sickness of the nervous system, in which a person’s immune system damages the nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis.

Sandoval County 4-H youth place top at state conference

NMSU Sandoval County Cooperative Extension program director Steve Lucero and Nicole Lujan, Consumer and Environmental Sciences/4-H Agent, accompanied eight youth to Las Cruces for the State 4-H Conference from July 11 to July 14. This year’s theme was “What imprint will you leave?”

Those eligible to attend State Conference are 14 to 19 years of age, who participate all year long in county contests, workshops, and sessions. The Sandoval County 4-H youth competed against over three hundred 4-H members statewide.

Our youth competed in a number of contests including consumer decision making, livestock judging, home economics skillathon, entomology, horticulture, prepared speech, impromptu, and hippology. First place winners were Annick Ambrose in Self-Determined Sewing; Aspen Montoya in Sewing 1; and Alexus Tafoya in Talent Review. All are members of the Corralitos 4-H Club in Corrales. Marco Gutierres of the Arroyo Blanco Amigos 4-H Club placed second in General Presentation. Other 4-H’ers in attendance included Avery Chacon, Ellyn Kurowski, Tommy Sam, and Cee Jay Suskey.

For more information on the Sandoval County 4-H program, visit

Master Gardeners present HOMEscapes

Sandoval County Master Gardiners will present a four-week course titled HOMEscape Solutions at the Sandoval County Extension Center, 711 Camino del Pueblo in Bernalillo this September. Master Gardeners Darlene Bassett, Suzanne Maxwell, Cathryne Richards and Charlene Spiegel will be the instructors.

The major concept of the course is to provide on-going support groups, guidance, feedback and assistance in developing the dream HOMEscape. Some of the topics covered will be site planning, hardscape selection, the use of native plants, garden harmony by using Feng Shui, permaculture, and creating outdoor rooms.

The course fee is $85 per person and includes a complete materials and resource kit, Friday night appetizers, and Saturday lunches. This class is limited to twenty participants, so early sign-up is recommended. Register by calling Sandoval County Extension Office—867-2582.

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