Rainy weather in recent days has left pools of standing water all over the state, and that has state health authorities worried about a sometimes fatal disease – West Nile virus.
Take some stagnant water, add mosquitoes, mix in some West Nile and you have a recipe for a very serious illness that has already killed two people in New Mexico this year and made five others sick. Mosquitoes breed and hatch in stagnant water, and sometimes they carry West Nile.
More than 20 percent of New Mexicans don’t have health insurance.
Marlene Baca, who is with Lovelace Health Plan, led a public forum explaining health care reform Wednesday.
The forum was hosted by Lovelace Health System.
Baca said President Barack Obama’s plan not only helps those without insurance, but many others such as those who are self-employed, who aren’t offered or can’t afford employer health care and small business owners looking for an affordable way to insure their workers.
Lovelace Health System will sponsor a free town hall meeting to educate the public about health care reform from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday at Embassy Suites, 1000 Woodward Place NE. Lovelace also has launched a new website to provide information about health care reform and health care exchanges at www.healthcareinformednm.com.