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El Paso Records Third Flu-Related Death

The death of an elderly woman has brought the number of flu-related deaths in the area so far this season to three.

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health officials say the woman was in her mid-80s and had not been vaccinated against the influenza virus.

Officials also point out that she did have underlying medical conditions.

“The trend we are seeing right now is that the number of flu cases being reported continues to increase,” said Fernando Gonzalez, Lead Epidemiologist. “We want to express our condolences to this woman’s loved ones and remind the community to please guard themselves against the flu, because it can have devastating effects. It is not too late to get a flu vaccine”

As of the third week of January, the number of flu cases in El Paso is 661; compared to 1,540 at the same time last season.

There were 21 flu-related deaths during last year’s flu season.

In addition to the flu vaccine, public health officials remind the public to practice the four C’s in order to help reduce the incidence of infection. They are:

  1. CLEAN – Wash your hands often. Scrub your hands for at least 30 seconds with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  2. COVER – Cover your cough. Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Don’t have a tissue? The crook of your elbow will do.
  3. CONTAIN – Contain germs by steering clear of others who are sick. If you do get sick, stay home until you’re well again, so you don’t spread more germs.
  4. CALL – Call or see your doctor if you or your child has a fever greater than 100 degrees.

Additional information is available at online in English or Spanish under the flu tab.

The website offers flu-related information including modes of prevention, flu surveillance and other resources in an effort to achieve the City’s goal to nurture and promote a healthy, sustainable community.

Number of Flu-Related Deaths in El Paso Climbs to 19

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) reports a new flu-related death increasing the total number to 19 so far this season.

The latest victim is a woman in her 50’s with known underlying medical conditions.

A total of 9,226 flu cases have been reported to the DPH this season compared to 1,211 cases at this time last year.

Health Department officials say while it appears the flu season has reached its peak, they continue to urge medical providers to test for the flu and to prescribe antivirals when possible. Residents are encouraged to get vaccinated and practice the “4 C’s.”

  1. CLEAN – Wash your hands often. Scrub hands for at least 30 seconds with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  2. COVER – Cover your cough. Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Don’t have a tissue? The crook of your elbow will do.
  3. CONTAIN – Contain germs by steering clear of others who are sick. If you’re sick, stay home until you’re well.
  4. CALL – Call or see a doctor if you or your child has a fever greater than 100 degrees.

For more information on the programs and services provided by the Department of Public Health, call 2-1-1 or visit www.EPHealth.com  or www.EPSalud.com.

The following table has all of the flu-related cases reported so far this season:

1. Female 50’s Underlying Medical Conditions
2. Male 90’s Underlying Medical Conditions
3. Male 90’s Underlying Medical Conditions
4. Male 80’s Underlying Medical Conditions
5. Male 80’s Underlying Medical Conditions
6. Female 80’s Underlying Medical Conditions
7. Female 70’s Underlying Medical Conditions
8. Male 80’s Underlying Medical Conditions
9. Male 80’s Underlying Medical Conditions
10 Male 50’s Underlying Medical Conditions
11. Female 70’s Underlying Medical Conditions
12. Female 70’s Underlying Medical Conditions
13. Male 80’s Underlying Medical Conditions
14. Male 60’s Underlying Medical Conditions
15. Female 50’s Underlying Medical Conditions
16. Female 40’s No Underlying Medical Conditions
17. Male Under 5 Underlying Medical Condition
18. Female 60’s Underlying Medical Conditions
*19. Female 50’s Underlying Medical Conditions
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