TO VALENCIA COUNTY
This is the Official Valencia County Government Website.
The Government of Valencia County and its Officials are dedicated to its citizens to provide the best possible services and access to government resources at all times. We encourage and welcome any ideas and suggestions you may have to this website or any improvement to services provided by the county government. This site is not intended to be all inclusive of the services our departments provide.
Great American Cleanup
Saturday, June 8, 2013 - 9am-1pm
Rio Communities City Election
Valencia County Fire Department
Some Valencia County communities are at increased risk of catastrophic wildfire because of heavy weed infestations around homes and structures.
Code Enforcement & Emergency Services
Valencia County Residents
To work on
Defensible Space around your homes
Remove weeds and brush 30 feet around your house and en-sure yard areas are regularly maintained to prevent future weed encroachment on residences
Help us protect your property from wildfires!
Valencia County Fire Administration Office
Valencia County Code Enforcement Office
NEW MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Brad McGrath, Interim Secretary
For immediate release:
Media contact: Kenny Vigil
Norovirus Cases Occurring Throughout New Mexico
Elderly and Immunocompromised at
Higher Risk for Severe Illness
(Santa Fe) – The New Mexico Department of Health has confirmed that cases of norovirus have been occurring around the state. No deaths have been attributed to these infections, but several hospitalizations have occurred. The department is recommending that everyone take precautions, especially around the very young, elderly and immunocompromised who are at risk for more serious illness due to norovirus infection.
“Washing your hands is one of the best ways to protect yourself from norovirus,” said State Epidemiologist Michael Landen, M.D. “If you have norovirus infection, stay home to avoid passing it on to others and definitely keep away from people in long-term care facilities.”
To decrease the risk of getting a norovirus infection, the department recommends that you:
- Wash your hands with warm, soapy water for 20 seconds
- After using the bathroom
- After changing diapers
- Before preparing foods
- Before eating
- Wash your hands more often when someone in your household is sick.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces with a household bleach solution immediately after vomiting or diarrheal accidents.
- Avoid preparing food for others while you have symptoms and for at least 3 days after you recover.
- Avoid visiting loved ones in long-term care facilities if you are ill.
Noroviruses are viruses that cause gastroenteritis and inflammation of the stomach and intestines. It is often mistakenly referred to as the “stomach flu”. Common symptoms of norovirus infection include vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramping. Less common symptoms can include low-grade fever or chills, headache, and muscle aches. Symptoms usually begin 1 or 2 days after exposure to the virus. Most people recover in 1 or 2 days and have no long-term health effects. Dehydration can be a concern in the very young, the elderly, or people with weakened immune systems.
Noroviruses are very contagious. They are found in the stool (feces) or vomit of infected people. From there, noroviruses are transferred to food, water, or surfaces by the hands of infected people who have not washed adequately after using the bathroom.
People become infected with norovirus by:
- Eating food or drinking liquids contaminated by an infected person.
- Touching contaminated surfaces or objects and then touching their mouth or eating without washing their hands first.
If you have norovirus you should:
- Drink plenty of fluids so you don’t become dehydrated.
- Wash your hands often and do not prepare food for others.
Stay away from hospitals and long-term care facilities where there are individuals who could have more serious complications.
West Nile Virus information -New Mexico Department of Health: http://nmhealth.org/ERD/HealthData/westnile.shtml
Repealing Emergency Ordinance 2012-02
Repealing Emergency Ordinance 2012-02
Please check the following websites for updates:
- New Mexico Severe Weather Preparedness Information:
- Weather: http://www.weather.gov/abq
- NMDOT Road conditions http://advanced.nmroads.com/
- Personal Protection: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Please refer to the above website when traveling to Mexico.
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