How might the environment affect your
health? We are working to help understand. As part of the
National Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT)
Network, an initiative lead by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC), New Mexico offers this site
as a source for environment information integrated with
health information in efforts to track and understand how
the environment might affect the health of New
- On this site you can:
- Learn how to protect yourself from environmental
- Learn which health effects might be associated with
- See how these exposures affect your community.
- See which health effects are occurring in the
- Access state data and create maps, charts, and
tables on the public portal.
- Access the secure portal, which allows approved
users to access unsuppressed county- and
- Get alerts and information about the latest
environmental conditions that acutely impact
Seasonal Allergies and Pollination
Sneezing and itchy eyes are the key signs of seasonal allergies. The cause? Usually pollen. Seasonal allergies, also called hay fever, is when a person is allergic to pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds.
Did you know that trees begin to release pollen as early as winter? In New Mexico juniper tree pollination has already started and peaks in March.
You can find some relief from allergies by reducing how much pollen you are exposed to. How? Simple things like frequently washing your hands and face and taking off your shoes before you go inside your home can help. We offer more information about allergies and tips for minimizing seasonal allergy symptoms here.
Protect Our Water by Participating in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
Keeping our water free from chemicals is one way to help ensure the health and safety of our water sources. To help keep our water free from prescription drugs, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) works with state and local law enforcement agencies to provide a way for people to safely dispose of unused prescription drugs so they don’t put the drugs in the trash or flush them down the toilet.
Do you have unwanted or expired prescription drugs? Dispose of them safely on Saturday, April 26. Find a collection site near you.
Fire Season: Protect Yourself From the Smoke
Wildfires can spread rapidly giving only short notice to nearby residents and can quickly change air quality. The first thing to consider is protecting your and your family’s health from the hazards of smoke. You can decide if you should remain indoors or if it’s safe to go outdoors by taking a few easy actions, called 5-3-1 Visibility Method.
Get more tips for protecting your health on smoky days.
Do you have a private well?
Get resources for well owners
and learn about the importance of water testing.
Upcoming well water testing in Rio Rancho, April 5 and in High Rolls/Cloudcroft area, April 24. Learn more.
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