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Tag Archives: Mosquito; West Nile

Department of Public Health Warns Residents of Mosquito-Borne Illness

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) is reminding residents that the mosquito season is not over, and while the prevention of West Nile and the Zika Virus is still stressed, another potentially dangerous, mosquito-borne virus has been identified locally.

“The warm weather we experience in El Paso is a double-edged sword,” said Robert Resendes, Public Health Director. “It’s great for those of us who enjoy spending time outdoors, but bad in the sense that we never get cold enough to completely kill off our mosquito population.”

Workers with the Environmental Services Department (ESD) have found mosquitos in the Mission Valley area that have tested positive for Saint Louis Encephalitis.

The virus is most common in eastern and central states; however, positive mosquito pools have been identified in El Paso in recent years. The disease, which is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito, does not usually result in noticeable illness but severe cases can lead to inflammation of the brain.

Initial symptoms of those who become ill include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, and tiredness. Severe presentation of the disease, including coma, convulsions or paralysis, occurs more commonly in older adults.

The DPH continues to work closely with the ESD Vector Control Program to prevent mosquito breeding in El Paso; however, in light of this discovery, health officials are urging residents to continue to practice personal mosquito bite prevention.

The most effective way to avoid mosquito-borne illnesses, is to prevent mosquito bites and use the 4 D’s:

  • 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 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.

Residents can also mosquito-proof their home by repairing screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.

To report standing water or mosquito breeding, call 3-1-1. For more information on mosquitoes, visit www.EPHealth.com or www.EPSalud.com.

 

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Third Case of West Nile Virus Confirmed in El Paso

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health has confirmed a third case of West Nile Virus in the area. The patient is a man in his 40’s who lives in the Mission Valley and reportedly suffers from other chronic medical conditions.

This is the third case of West Nile Virus confirmed so far this season and the second case confirmed this week.

“High temperatures, rain, and mosquitoes that are native to our area have unfortunately created a recipe for plenty of mosquito breeding and mosquito-borne diseases,” said Fernando Gonzalez, Lead Epidemiologist.

“Although we did not have any West Nile-related deaths last year, we have had them in the past and we also have the Zika Virus and other mosquito-borne diseases to deal with, so we need to do everything we can to prevent mosquito bites.”

Prevention includes practicing the “four Ds”:

  • DEET – Use insect repellents when you go outdoors. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection. To optimize safety and effectiveness, repellents should be used according to the label instructions.
  • DRESS – When weather permits, wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors. Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with repellent containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent will give extra protection. Don’t apply repellents containing permethrin directly to skin. Rather, spray permethrin-containing products only on clothing.
  • DUSK and DAWN – Although mosquitoes associated with 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 – Help reduce the number of mosquitoes around and outside your home by emptying standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths on a regular basis.

Residents can also mosquito-proof their home by installing or repairing screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out. To report standing water or mosquito breeding, call 3-1-1.

In effort to increase awareness about the disease and ways the public can protect themselves, the Department has added a West Nile Virus session to the list of presentations offered by the Speakers Bureau. Local civic and community organizations can schedule a presentation that will include background on the disease, prevention methods, as well as what people can look out for in regards to signs and symptoms of infection.

Presentations can be scheduled by visiting www.EPHealth.com and clicking on “Special Projects.”

First Case of West Nile Virus Confirmed For The Season

EL PASO, Texas – The City of El Paso Department of Public Health announced today that the first West Nile Virus case of the season has been confirmed.

The patient is a man in his mid-40’s who had no reported travel outside of El Paso. The man lives in the East El Paso area and has underlying medical conditions. A total of six West Nile Virus cases were reported last season with the most recent case confirmed in the middle of January.

The City of El Paso Environmental Services Department continues its fogging efforts in order to control adult mosquitoes and will continue treating affected areas as the season continues.

“We want to remind residents that mosquitoes are not just a nuisance but are carriers for some serious diseases,” said Fernando Gonzalez, Lead Epidemiologist. “We need to be doing everything we can on a personal level to prevent mosquito bites and related disease such as West Nile, Zika, and Chikungunya.”

The best way to avoid exposure to mosquito-borne diseases is to practice the “four Ds”:

DEET – Use insect repellents when you go outdoors. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection. To optimize safety and effectiveness, repellents should be used according to the label
instructions.

DRESS – When weather permits, wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors. Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with repellent containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent will give extra protection. Don’t apply repellents containing permethrin directly to skin. Rather, spray permethrin-containing products only on clothing.

DUSK and DAWN – Although mosquitoes associated with 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 – Help reduce the number of mosquitoes around and outside your home by emptying standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths on a regular basis.

You can also mosquito-proof your home by installing or repairing screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out. To report standing water or mosquito breeding, please call 3-1-1.

Education

In effort to increase awareness about the disease and ways the public can protect themselves, the Department of Public Health has added a West Nile Virus session to the list of presentations offered by the Speakers Bureau. Local civic and community organizations can schedule a presentation that will include background on the disease, prevention methods, as well as what people can look out for in regards to signs and symptoms of infection. Presentations can be scheduled by visiting www.EPHealth.com and clicking on “Special Projects.”

For more information on the programs and services we provide, please dial 2-1-1 or visit www.EPHealth.com

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