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First West Nile Virus death recorded in Lower Valley

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health announced today that an elderly man who lived in the Mission Valley has become the first person to die this year after having contracted the West Nile virus.

“It is with a heavy heart that we make this announcement. It is never easy to report that someone has passed away from this or any other preventable disease,” said Robert Resendes, Public Health Director. “Our thoughts and prayers are with this man and his loved ones.”

Health officials say the man had several underlying medical conditions. He was the 8th known person to contract the virus in the area this year.

There were no West Nile virus-related deaths reported last year in El Paso County.

In 2013 there were two West Nile virus-related deaths in the El Paso area. More statistical information is available at: http://gis.elpasotexas.gov/health/