Norovirus cases popping up throughout New Mexico

December 13th, 2012 at 3:20 pm by under Latest Posts

Norovirus, commonly confused with the stomach flu, is making its presence known throughout the state of New Mexico.

The New Mexico Department of Health has confirmed that cases of Norovirus have been happening throughout the state, and have put several people in hospitals. No deaths have been attributed to these infections.

The Virus causes gastroenteritis and inflammation of the stomach and intestines. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramping. Less severe cases include chills, headache, low grade fever and muscle aches.

The Department of Health is recommending everyone take precautions, especially the very young and elderly.

To decrease the risk of getting a Norovirus infection, the department recommends that you:
·         Wash your hands with warm, soapy water for 20 secondso    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.
  • This virus is very contagious and can be found in stool and vomit from an afflicted person. From here, it transfers to food, water or surfaces an infected person has touched after not washing from bathroom use.
    If infected it is recommended you drink plenty of fluids and remain in a restful state. To keep others safe, wash hands before preparing food for others and avoid long-term care facilities/hospitals where infection could lead to serious complications with those already suffering from ailments.

    AFD welcomes 19 new faces

    December 13th, 2012 at 2:30 pm by under Latest Posts

    The Albuquerque Fire Department have picked 19 new cadets to be a part of their firefighting force.

    Fire chief James Breen will welcome these new firefighters to the department on Friday, December 14th at the KiMo theater.

    Each cadet will receive their badge which will be pinned on by their family.

    These 18 males and one female have survived 18 weeks of fire training to reach their graduation.

    The new cadets are expected to start their first shift on the Monday, December 17th. Each firefighter will be assigned to a fire suppression company for the completion of their probationary period before becoming permanent members of the AFD.

    Las Vegas Nevada comes to New Mexico

    December 13th, 2012 at 1:43 pm by under Latest Posts

    If you have been looking for a little bit of that “Sin City” sound then you should visit the KiMo theater Thursday, February 7th to catch Sante Fe and the Fat City Horns.

    This established band has made their mark in Vegas and played with some of the biggest names in music.

    The band’s leader, Jerry Lopez, has roots in Northern New Mexico where he spent some of his youth before moving to Las Vegas to make a name for himself.

    For more information and ticket prices, please visit the KiMo’s website

    Making plans, the old fashioned way

    December 13th, 2012 at 12:28 pm by under Latest Posts

    If the new “norm” is to track you daily schedules on hand held devices, Thursday, December 27th the education staffs of the New Mexico History Museum and the New Mexico Museum of Art invite you to take a trip to the passed and personalize your own calendar.

    Both museums will be hosting the event on different days. Thursday, December 27th the event will be at the New Mexico History Museum and Thursday, January 3rd at the New Mexico Museum of Art.

    Both Museums will be offering art supplies and materials to visitors looking to create a personalized calendar. Creativity and doodling are encouraged at this holiday event.

    For anyone looking to live a little in the passed and create a calendar of their own visit the Museum of New Mexico’s event page.

    One play, one actor, 33 characters

    December 12th, 2012 at 12:41 pm by under Latest Posts

    I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”

    If you have heard this quote or it vaguely rings a bell, then you have probably read or have seen an adaptation of Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol”. But have you seen the entire story portrayed by one man?

    Dr. John Hardy will play 33 different characters in his portrayal of the Dicken’s classic December 13th through the 16th at the Filling Station.

    Hardy will take on every roll from Tiny Tim to Ebenezer Scrooge in a performance that has been called lively and captivating.

    For more information and ticket prices please visit the LivingSocial website.