window.dataLayer = window.dataLayer || []; function gtag(){dataLayer.push(arguments);} gtag('js', new Date()); gtag('config', 'UA-29484371-30');
Friday , December 6 2019
EPCON_2020 728
Bordertown Undergroun Show 728
Mountains 728
ENTERPRISE 728
Utep Football Generic 728
Darrington Park 728
STEP 728
McDonalds BBall 2019 728
Rugby Coming Soon 728
High Desert 728
West Texas Test Drive 728
Amy’s Astronomy
Rhinos 2019/2020 728
Home | News | Local News | Fifth West Nile Case Reported in El Paso
Photo by Darren Phillips / NMSU

Fifth West Nile Case Reported in El Paso

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health announced today that a fifth person has been diagnosed with West Nile virus in the borderland. The patient is a woman in her 70’s who lives in the Upper Valley and is recovering.

“As we predicted, the recent rains have created conditions for mosquitoes to thrive in our region. We have identified six mosquito pools in various areas of El Paso that have tested positive for West Nile” said Fernando Gonzalez, Lead Epidemiologist. “We continue to stress the importance of removing standing water in and around the home, and wearing insect repellent as means of protecting ourselves and our families.”

“As you can see from the list, West Nile and other mosquito borne diseases such as Zika, can affect anyone of any age,” said Robert Resendes, Public Health Director. “You’re never too young or too old to protect yourself from mosquitoes and the illnesses they may carry.”

This latest case has been added to the running list being compiled by the DPH (as shown below.) It should also be noted that there were 12 cases reported at this time last year.

Case Sex Age Area of Residence
1 Male 70s Central El Paso
2 Male 20s Central El Paso
3 Male 40s San Elizario
4 Male 30s Lower Valley
5 Female 70s Upper Valley

The Department of Public Health continues to recommend other mosquito bite prevention tips including:

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants
  • Drain standing water both inside and outside your home – Tip and Toss!
  • Stay in cool places with air conditioning and window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside
  • Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents with one of the following active ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or para-menthane-diol (Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months old)
  • More information is available at www.EPHealth.com under the Zika Virus page

To report standing water or other mosquito breeding sites, call 3-1-1. Please be sure to provide address or street names with cross streets when calling.

The public is also reminded that the Department of Public Health’s Speakers Bureau is also offering presentations to community groups that focus on mosquito-borne disease prevention. This includes both Zika and West Nile. For more information or to schedule a presentation, please click HERE.

About Staff Report

Staff Reports are just that, Staff Reporting the news. No skew, no opinion just the news. We pride ourselves on making sure that we bring you the news as soon as it is published, submitted or sent to us. No need to have a reporter rewrite or give their opinion. The facts or information, nothing more.

Check Also

Parent meetings scheduled for perspective YWLA students

Officials with the Young Women’s Leadership Academy (YWLA) in the Ysleta Independent School District announced …

EPCON_2020 728
Amy’s Astronomy
Rugby Coming Soon 728
High Desert 728
Darrington Park 728
West Texas Test Drive 728
Rhinos 2019/2020 728
EP MediaFest 2020 728
Bordertown Undergroun Show 728
McDonalds BBall 2019 728
Mountains 728
STEP 728
ENTERPRISE 728
Utep Football Generic 728