Curry County woman’s death attributed to listeria infection

CNJ staff A 61-year-old Curry County woman is among three fatal cases attributed to listeria infection, according to a New Mexico Department of Health press release issued Monday. The state health department has identified nine cases of listeria infection throughout the state. Preliminary results have identified cantaloupe as the likely source of the outbreak, since […]

Military officials monitor swine flu

By Lt. Col. (Dr.) Kim Bradley: 27th Special Operations Medical Group The Center for Disease Control released an alert regarding human cases of swine flu in Southern California and near San Antonio, Texas. Cases have also been reported in Kansas and New York. Typically a disease of pigs, people do not normally get swine flu; […]

Streptococcus infection kills two in Curry County

CNJ staff Two Curry County residents are dead and another is hospitalized from an infection of “invasive group A Streptococcus,” according to a press release from the New Mexico Department of Health sent late Wednesday. The department says they have no evidence that the cases are linked. All three cases were discovered Dec. 31 through […]

MRSA infection tracked locally

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ Staff Writer Plains Regional Medical Center treated 151 patients last year for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, according to a hospital official. Joy Stoddard, infection control and occupational health nurse at PRMC, said none of the MRSA infections were acquired in the hospital. She was not aware of any local deaths […]

Novak case handed to jury

CNJ file photo: Sharna Johnson Jurors heard the defense rest its case Saturday in the court-martial of Cannon airman Edward Novak. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Jurors will begin deliberating the fate of Airman Basic Edward Novak II today after hearing more than six hours of closing arguments Monday. […]

Experts: MRSA deadly, but easily prevented

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus areus, otherwise known as MRSA, is here. Actually, it’s been here for years, according to C. Mac Sewell, New Mexico state epidemiologist. Increased public attention has schools and hospitals in Clovis and Portales getting out information on the bacteria. Sewell said MRSA, one of several types of […]