Aedes aegypti mosquito specimens studied in Immo Hansen’s molecular vector physiology lab at NMSU. (Photo by Darren Phillips)
The Department of Public Health has confirmed a second case of West Nile Virus this season in El Paso.
The patient is a man in his early 70’s who lives in West El Paso. He has underlying medical conditions but is recovering from the infection. The first case this season involved a man in his early 20’s who also lives in West El Paso.
“With rain expected in our area over the next several days, we need to be sure to empty any standing water in order to prevent breeding the mosquitoes that carry this disease,” said Department of Public Health Lead Epidemiologist Fernando Gonzalez. “We have more positive mosquito pools identified across the City and we must be proactive in protecting ourselves and our families.”
There were 14 human cases of West Nile confirmed in El Paso last year and the most recent deaths associated with the disease were two deaths in 2015.
The Department of Public Health is asking residents to help ‘fight the bite’ by reducing the spread of mosquito borne diseases using these prevention methods:
- DEET – Use insect repellents that contain DEET when outdoors.
- DRESS – Wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors.
- DUSK and DAWN – Although mosquitoes associated with other diseases such as Zika can be active throughout the day; residents should take extra care during peak mosquito biting hours (from dusk to dawn) or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times.
- DRAIN – Drain standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, and birdbaths.
For more information on the Public Health Department, call 2-1-1 or visit www.EPHealth.com or