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Eighth Flu-Related Death Reported in El Paso; 3300+ Flu Cases Reported So Far

The Department of Public Health has received a report of an additional flu-related death in the area. This bring the total of flu-related deaths reported to the Department of Public Health to eight.

Officials say the latest reported flu-related death is a man in his 80’s, who had underlying medical conditions.

“As the list of those who have passed away as a result of flu complications continues to grow, it doesn’t make it any easier to report,” said Public Health Director Robert Resendes. “What we know is that every flu season needs to be taken seriously, and we all need to do our part to prevent the flu in our community.”

There have been 3,379 confirmed flu cases reported in El Paso as of the second week in January. This is more than eight times higher than the 396 cases that were reported at this time last year.

The table below provides some background on the eight patients who have succumbed to the virus 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
NEW 8. Male 80’s Underlying Medical Conditions

Public Health officials continue to urge medical providers to test for the flu and to prescribe antivirals when possible. They also encourage El Paso residents to be vaccinated and to practice the “4 C’s” which have proven to be effective in preventing the spread of the flu:

  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.

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

Second Flu-Related Death in El Paso Reported

Less than a week after the first flu-related death was identified in El Paso, the City of El Paso Department of Public Health has confirmed a second flu-related fatality.

This second death this season involves a woman in her 80’s who had underlying medical conditions. It is not known if she had received a flu vaccine for this flu season.

There were a total of two flu-related deaths in El Paso last season.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these individuals during this difficult time,” said Robert Resendes, Public Health Director. “We ask that our communities take note of the seriousness of the flu virus and take precautions to prevent the spread of the disease so that their deaths are not in vain.”

The flu vaccine is still considered the first line of defense against the disease and El Pasoans should consider that it is not too late to be vaccinated. The flu vaccine is still available at local retail outlets and through the “Vaccinations for Health” program which teams up the El Paso Fire Department with the El Paso Health Department.

Residents of El Paso and Hudspeth County who are 18 and over and do not have medical insurance or are on Medicaid qualify to receive the vaccine along with other services free of charge. The services will be offered March 1, 8, and 29, 2017 at the EPFD Safety Health Outreach Center located at 5415 Trowbridge Dr. from 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The Department of Public Health will team up with the Horizon Fire Department to offer free services that include free flu vaccines on March 13, 2017 at the El Paso County Self-Help Center located at15731 Kentwood Avenue, Horizon, TX, 79928. Services will be offered from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Residents are also asked to practice the “4 C’s” which have proven to be effective in preventing the spread of the flu virus:

  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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. CALL – Call or see your doctor if you or your child has a fever of greater than 100 degrees.

Influenza activity has been increasing over the past couple of weeks in El Paso and it is likely that flu activity will continue for several more weeks this season, so getting vaccinated now can still provide protection. As of mid-February there have been a total of 1,320 flu cases reported.

More than half of those cases were reported in the first weeks of February. There were a total of 1,684 cases of flu reported at this time during last years’ flu season.

The mission of the City of El Paso Department of Public Health is to Provide Public Health related research, evaluation, education, prevention, intervention, and preparedness services. For more information on the programs and services we provide, please call 2-1-1 or visit www.EPHealth.com

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