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June 15, 2016

New Mexico man, 25, dies from HantavirusLas Cruces Sun News

State health officials say a 25-year-old man from McKinley County in western New Mexico has died of Hantavirus. The New Mexico Department of Healthsaid Tuesday it marks the state’s fifth case of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome this year. Hantavirus is a deadly disease transmitted by infected rodents through urine, droppings or saliva. People can contract the disease when they breathe in aerosolized virus. -- 6/15/2016

 

NM Dept. of Health: Cataract symptoms to look forLas Cruces Sun News

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on Tuesday called for more government investment in addressing the nation's opioid epidemic, saying only half of the 2 million people who need treatment for addictions have access to it.

Murthy's comments came as he toured a substance abuse center in Albuquerque, New Mexico's largest city. New Mexico had one of the highest overdose death rates in 2014, especially among adults 21 to 35, the most recent federal data showed.

Nationally, overdoses from heroin, oxycodone and other opiates killed more than 28,000 Americans in 2014, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. - - 6/15/2016

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