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Eleven Flu-Related Deaths Reported in El Paso; Flu Season ‘Has Not Reached Peak’

The number of flu-related deaths in El Paso now stands at 11 for this season. The three latest reports confirmed by the Department of Public Health involve two men, one in his 80’s, and another in his 50’s.

The 11th case involves a female in her 70’s. All three had underlying medical conditions. Below is a table describing all 11 confirmed flu-related cases reported so far this season.

“As more and more people in our community come down with the flu, unfortunately the number of those who succumb to the virus also continues to rise,” said Public Health Director Robert Resendes. “We need to continue to protect ourselves and especially the elderly and those with weaker immune systems in order to help keep both numbers down.”

There have been 4,916 confirmed flu cases reported in El Paso or approximately ten times the number of cases seen at this time last year. Current data indicates that the flu season in El Paso has yet to reach its peak.

  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
NEW 9. Male 80’s Underlying Medical Conditions
NEW 10 Male 50’s Underlying Medical Conditions
NEW 11. Female 70’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.”

  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.

Department of Health Issues ‘Health Advisory’ Over Flu in Region

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health is issuing a health advisory to local physicians and healthcare providers regarding the increase in flu activity and a particular strain that can have severe effects on those with weaker immune systems.

“We want our local community to be especially sensitive to those with chronic conditions and pregnant women because they are considered at a higher risk,” said Department of Public Health Director Robert Resendes. “While we still encourage vaccination, we are also putting the message out to local providers that they need to consider prescribing antivirals quickly as the flu season continues to peak. Those with flu symptoms are encouraged to seek out medical care as soon as possible after onset of flu like symptoms.”

With 1,163 confirmed cases reported so far this flu season, as compared to 252 cases at this time last year, public Health officials are recommending that health care providers who diagnose patients with the flu consider beginning the use of antivirals as soon as possible in order to reduce the severity of the disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) influenza activity in the United States has increased significantly over recent weeks with influenza and the most predominate strain so far this season has been one that can have severe effects on those 65 years and older, pregnant women and young children.

The Department is issuing an electronic Health Advisory to all local doctor’s offices, clinics, and hospitals in an effort to get the message out about the flu this season and special considerations for those most vulnerable, including children and the elderly, and those with chronic conditions. The public is also reminded to practice the four C’s:

  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.

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 programs and services, call 2-1-1 or visit www.EPHealth.com or www.EPSalud.com.

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