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Mosquitoes that Can Carry Zika Spread to Sierra County

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N. M. – For the first time, authorities have trapped and identified the type of mosquito that carries the Zika virus in Sierra County, where the county seat is Truth or Consequences.

This summer, the New Mexico Department of Health, along with New Mexico State University, has been sampling the 24 southernmost counties, from the Mexican border up to Bernalillo County, and found the Aedes aegypti species in Sierra, Doña Ana, Eddy, and Chaves counties. In the past, the bugs have also turned up in Otero County.

Dr. Paul Ettestad, the state public health veterinarian with the New Mexico Department of Health, said the good news is that local mosquitoes haven’t been proven to actually spread the virus, yet.

“We haven’t had the situation in Miami, where there’s local person-to-person transmission going on,” he said. “That’s what we’re trying to avoid. We don’t want that to happen.”

Six New Mexico residents have been diagnosed with the Zika virus, but each of them are had recently traveled to South or Central America. Zika has been linked to severe birth defects in babies whose mothers were infected during pregnancy.

Ettestad said local Vector Control workers need everyone’s help to prevent an outbreak.

“We’re hoping that people will look around their home and look for any standing water, especially after all the rains we’ve had lately,” he explained. “The Zika mosquitoes like to live right near people, and lay their eggs in a very little bit of water. It can be as small as a bottle cap full of water.”

Vector Control teams also have found a second mosquito species that can carry Zika in Roosevelt, Otero and Curry counties.

Author: Suzanne Potter, Public News Service – NM

NMSU’s Arrowhead Center, Navajo Tech Collaborate to Provide Entrepreneurial Opportunities

Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University and other organizations are collaborating with Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint, N.M., to help improve economic conditions across the Navajo Nation by providing technological tools for future generations.

The Navajo Nation is one of the largest American Indian tribes, stretching 27,000 square miles across Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, more than 40 percent of tribal members live below poverty and less than 10 percent possess a college degree.

Thanks to a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, NTU is collaborating with Arrowhead Center and several other New Mexico universities, incubators and manufacturers serving diverse markets to help young people and businesses explore opportunities in technology and entrepreneurship. The Advanced Rural Manufacturing, or A.R.M., partnership hopes to stimulate the Navajo economy with technological innovation that transcends spatial collaborative constraints to create Advanced Manufacturing virtual hubs to conduct business and discover new technologies.

A.R.M. is a statewide collaboration of industry, academia, and government spanning the Navajo Nation Eastern/Northern Agencies and five county regions of McKinley, San Juan, Santa Fe, Dona Ana, and Otero.

“The role of this program removes poverty as an obstacle for our students and introduces a model capable of propelling Navajo Nation youth with potential to establish themselves in advanced technology industries,” said Ben Jones, director of the Navajo Tech Innovation Center.

Zetdi Sloan, director of the Arrowhead Technology Incubator, said the incubator will assist NTU with building out K-12 entrepreneurship programs similar to its popular Innoventure program, which offers competitions and camps to middle and high school students across the state. Arrowhead will also share their best practices in developing technology transfer programs, collaborate on Small Business Innovation Research Program/Small Business Technology Transfer activities, introduce networking opportunities and work with businesses to provide internships for students.

“All of us have worked hard towards the same goal, and this collaboration will be impactful for students from K-12 all the way to graduates into successful business programs that enable more families to build their careers at home here in New Mexico,” Sloan said.

Representing a consortium of universities, incubators, and manufacturers serving diverse markets, A.R.M. partners include Arrowhead Center, Navajo Technical University-Navajo Tech Innovation Center, NTU Center for Digital Technologies, Emerging Technology Venture and InXsol.

Jones said the collaboration between ETV and NMSU brings together industry and education in a research learning environment to discover, develop and deploy new innovations, ultimately increasing interconnection, creating change and self-sustaining opportunities within the Navajo community.

“Young children benefit from stable homes with an informed parental environment that provide seamless academic transitions from K-12 into college and eventually apply their own learned skills,” Jones said. “Career pathways will be strengthened in a variety of contexts by engaging parents in a degree program with on-campus childcare and internship opportunities, involve high school students in dual credit programs and possible business startup.”

Author: Adriana M. Chavez – NMSU

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