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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.
PURSUANT TO NMSA 1978 SECTION, 13-1-126.1 (2013)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: David Morgan
January 23, 2014 Cell: (575) 649-0754
New Mexico Department of Health Reports More Flu Deaths This Season
Flu remains widespread in New Mexico
(Santa Fe) -- The New Mexico Department of Health confirms more flu deaths for the 2013-2014 season. New deaths reported are a 79-year-old man and a 73-year -old man from Bernalillo County and a 45-year-old man from Rio Arriba County.
“Getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from the dangers and complications flu can cause,” said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Retta Ward, MPH. “I’m also encouraging everyone to wash their hands frequently. Also, remember to sneeze or cough into your upper sleeve or elbow, rather than into your hand.”
If you do become sick, there are drugs that can be used to treat the flu. These drugs may lessen symptoms and may shorten the time you are sick. They also may prevent hospitalizations and flu complications, such as pneumonia and death. If you think you have the flu, your doctor can determine if you should receive antiviral drugs. These drugs work best if started within two days of being sick but may help even if not received right away.
The predominant circulating flu strain in New Mexico and the United States is influenza H1N1. This strain was first identified in 2009 and may cause severe illness even in healthy young adults. The New Mexico Department of Health is urging everyone 6 months of age and older to see their doctor or pharmacist about getting a flu vaccine. The vaccine is currently available and protects against H1N1 and other strains of flu.
The Department of Health has 29 providers statewide that report influenza-like illnesses (fever with cough or sore throat) from October through May. Providers that participate in this surveillance network reported that for the week ending January 18, 2014, 5.6% of their patient visits were for influenza-like illness.
Weekly percentage of influenza-like Illness outpatient visits
Northwest Region- San Juan, McKinley and Cibola Counties
Northeast Region- Rio Arriba, Taos, Colfax, Union, Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Mora, San Miguel, Guadalupe and Harding Counties
Southwest Region- Catron, Socorro, Grant, Sierra, Hidalgo, Luna, Doña Ana and Otero
Southeast Region- Quay, DeBaca, Curry, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Chaves, Eddy and Lea Counties
Metro Region- Bernalillo, Sandoval, Valencia and Torrance Counties
Influenza is a highly transmittable disease. Symptoms include sudden onset of fever, muscle pain, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose and nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea (more common in children than adults.) These symptoms develop within a few days after exposure to the flu virus.
Influenza vaccination is recommended for:
- All people over 6 months of age who are eligible for vaccination and especially;
- Pregnant (any trimester) and post-partum women
- People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, lung or heart disease
- People who don’t have a normal immune system
- People who live in nursing homes and other long‐term care facilities
- People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu
- American Indians and Alaskan Natives
- People who are morbidly obese
- Healthcare personnel
- People at high risk for serious flu complications, including children younger than 5 years and adults older than 65 years
The Department offers vaccinations for people without insurance or who are otherwise not able to get immunized. Those with Medicaid or other insurance who come to Public Health Offices are asked to present their insurance card.
To find out more about flu vaccination clinics throughout New Mexico, you can call the Immunization Hotline toll free at (866) 681‐5872.
For more information about influenza, visit the Department’s website: http://nmhealth.org/flu/index.shtml
Department of Health Confirms Rabies in Valencia County Dog.
Investigation underway to identify any possible exposed persons or animals
Valencia County Solid Waste
Conejo Collection Center
City of Belen Collection Center
MUST purchase a punch card at Belen City Hall before dumping.
135 Calle de Baca, Puebitos
(South of Belen on Hwy 116. Look for the signs.)
OPEN Tuesday-Saturday 8-12,
CLOSED 12:00 - 12:30 for lunch.
CLOSED on Sunday, Monday, and Holidays
City of Albuquerque
Montessa Part Convenience Center
3512 Los Picaros SE (Rio Bravo West to Broadway, South to Bobby Foster Road.)
OPEN: 7 days a week 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
No recyclables accepted
Waste Management, Inc.
Valencia Regional Landfill
Route 6 West of Los Lunas, turn south after crossing Rio Puerco
OPEN: Monday - Friday 7am-4pm
CLOSED: Saturday & Sunday
*Minimum charge applies
Department of Health Advises New Mexicans: Avoid Standing Water. Continuing rains require residents to think 'Safety first'.
Conejo Transfer Station
Beginning August 7, 2013, Conejo will be
closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
New hours of operation will be
Friday through Tuesday, 8am to 3:45pm.
Conejo will continue to close for: scheduled maintenance, training, and holidays; and during high on-site winds, equipment breakdowns, or other unforeseen conditions.
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
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/