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Fifth Case of West Nile Found, Elderly Mission Valley Man Recovering

The number of confirmed West Nile Virus cases in El Paso continues to rise. Officials with the Department of Public Health announced Thursday that a fifth case of West Nile Virus involves a man in his 70’s who lives in the Mission Valley. He has underlying medical conditions, but is recovering from the infection.

“We continue to recommend that residents practice mosquito bite prevention as a way to prevent this and other vector borne diseases,” said Fernando Gonzalez, Lead Epidemiologist. “They can call 3-1-1 to report large areas of standing water that may be breeding mosquitoes and the Environmental Services Department will investigate and remedy the situation.”

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 following precautions can be used to help prevent the virus.

  • 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 asZika 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.

The following are the cases confirmed in El Paso so far this season:

  1. Male 20’s No Underlying Medical Conditions
  2. Male 70’s Underlying Medical Conditions
  3. Female 60’s Underlying Medical Conditions
  4. Male Teen No Underlying Medical Conditions
NEW 5. Male 70’s Underlying Medical Conditions

For more information on the Public Health Department, call 2-1-1 or visit www.EPHealth.com or www.EPSalud.com.

Health Department: First Case of West Nile in El Paso Confirmed

On Wednesday, the Department of Public Health has confirmed the first case of West Nile Virus in El Paso this season.

The patient is a man in his early 20’s who lives in West El Paso. Authorities say he has no associated medical conditions and is recovering from the virus.

“It seems as though we are beginning the mosquito season later than usual this year,” said Department of Public Health Lead Epidemiologist Fernando Gonzalez. “We know we have mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus around El Paso, and need to make sure we stay vigilant about protecting ourselves from getting bitten.”

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 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 Department of Public Health, call 2-1-1 or visit www.EPHealth.com or www.EPSalud.com.

Fifth West Nile Case Reported in El Paso

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health announced today that a fifth person has been diagnosed with West Nile virus in the borderland. The patient is a woman in her 70’s who lives in the Upper Valley and is recovering.

“As we predicted, the recent rains have created conditions for mosquitoes to thrive in our region. We have identified six mosquito pools in various areas of El Paso that have tested positive for West Nile” said Fernando Gonzalez, Lead Epidemiologist. “We continue to stress the importance of removing standing water in and around the home, and wearing insect repellent as means of protecting ourselves and our families.”

“As you can see from the list, West Nile and other mosquito borne diseases such as Zika, can affect anyone of any age,” said Robert Resendes, Public Health Director. “You’re never too young or too old to protect yourself from mosquitoes and the illnesses they may carry.”

This latest case has been added to the running list being compiled by the DPH (as shown below.) It should also be noted that there were 12 cases reported at this time last year.

Case Sex Age Area of Residence
1 Male 70s Central El Paso
2 Male 20s Central El Paso
3 Male 40s San Elizario
4 Male 30s Lower Valley
5 Female 70s Upper Valley

The Department of Public Health continues to recommend other mosquito bite prevention tips including:

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants
  • Drain standing water both inside and outside your home – Tip and Toss!
  • Stay in cool places with air conditioning and window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside
  • Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents with one of the following active ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or para-menthane-diol (Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months old)
  • More information is available at www.EPHealth.com under the Zika Virus page

To report standing water or other mosquito breeding sites, call 3-1-1. Please be sure to provide address or street names with cross streets when calling.

The public is also reminded that the Department of Public Health’s Speakers Bureau is also offering presentations to community groups that focus on mosquito-borne disease prevention. This includes both Zika and West Nile. For more information or to schedule a presentation, please click HERE.