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16th case of West Nile Virus Confirmed in El Paso

The City’s 16th case of West Nile virus involves a man in his early 60’s. Despite having underlying medical conditions, public health officials say he was released from the hospital and is recovering at home.

”The community needs to take into account that for most people a mosquito bite is a nuisance, but for others it can be very serious if the patient has medical conditions that impair their ability to fight infection and if the mosquito is carrying a disease like West Nile,” said Fernando Gonzalez, Lead Epidemiologist. “As long as we still have mosquitoes biting in El Paso, the threat of disease continues to be present.”

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

  • DEET– Use insect repellents that contain DEET when outdoors.
  • DRESS– Wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors.
  • DUSKand DAWN – Although mosquitoes associated with other diseases such as 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.

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 call 3-1-1.

1. Female Late 70’s Underlying Medical Conditions
  2. Female Late 70’s Underlying Medical Conditions
Deceased 3. Female Early 50’s Underlying Medical Conditions
  4. Female Early 30’s No Underlying Medical Conditions
  5. Male Late 30’s No Underlying Medical Conditions
Deceased 6. Male Early 80’s Underlying Medical Conditions
  7. Male Early 30’s No Underlying Medical Conditions
  8. Female Mid 70’s Underlying Medical Conditions
  9. Male Early 80’s Underlying Medical Conditions
  10. Female Mid 70’s Underlying Medical Conditions
  11. Male Early 80’s Underlying Medical Conditions
  12. Female Early 30’s No Underlying Medical Conditions
  13 Male Late 80’s Underlying Medical Conditions
  14. Male Early 60’s Underlying Medical Conditions
  15. Male Early 80’s Underlying Medical Conditions
NEW 16. Male Early 60’s Underlying Medical Conditions

West Nile Virus cases in El Paso rises to 15

A 15th case of West Nile virus has been recorded by the City of El Paso Department of Public Health.

A man in his early 80’s with underlying medical conditions was confirmed to have contracted the virus.

”While the fall season is upon us, the weather is not cold enough to really make a difference when it comes to mosquito activity,” said Fernando Gonzalez, Lead Epidemiologist. “With more pleasant temperatures, residents may be spending more time outdoors and preventing mosquito-borne diseases is extremely important.”

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

  • DEET– Use insect repellents that contain DEET when outdoors.
  • DRESS– Wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors.
  • DUSKand DAWN – Although mosquitoes associated with other diseases such as 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 your 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.

The following is a table of the cases reported to the Department of Public Health so far this season:

  1. Female Late 70’s Underlying Medical Conditions
  2. Female Late 70’s Underlying Medical Conditions
Deceased 3. Female Early 50’s Underlying Medical Conditions
  4. Female Early 30’s No Underlying Medical Conditions
  5. Male Late 30’s No Underlying Medical Conditions
Deceased 6. Male Early 80’s Underlying Medical Conditions
  7. Male Early 30’s No Underlying Medical Conditions
  8. Female Mid 70’s Underlying Medical Conditions
  9. Male Early 80’s Underlying Medical Conditions
  10. Female Mid 70’s Underlying Medical Conditions
  11. Male Early 80’s Underlying Medical Conditions
  12. Female Early 30’s No Underlying Medical Conditions
  13 Male Late 80’s Underlying Medical Conditions
  14. Male Early 60’s Underlying Medical Conditions
NEW 15. Male Early 80’s Underlying Medical Conditions

Two West Nile Virus-associated deaths confirmed

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) announced today that two West Nile virus-related deaths have been confirmed in the area.

“It has been four years since our City has seen a West Nile-related death and this news is hard to report,” said Robert Resendes, Public Health Director. “We extend our condolences to these individuals’ loved-ones and remind the community to prevent mosquito breeding and mosquito bites as a way to help prevent this disease.”

The patients are a woman in her early 50’s and a man in his early 80’s. Both had underlying conditions. The woman’s illness had already been reported, however; the man is considered a newly-reported case.

The 7th case is a man in his early 30’s who does not have underlying conditions.

The following is a table of the cases reported to the DPH so far this season:

  1. Female Late 70’s Underlying Medical Conditions
  2. Female Late 70’s Underlying Medical Conditions
Deceased 3. Female Early 50’s Underlying Medical Conditions
  4. Female Early 30’s No Underlying Medical Conditions
  5. Male Late 30’s No Underlying Medical Conditions
NEW/Deceased 6. Male Early 80’s Underlying Medical Conditions
NEW 7. Male Early 30’s No Underlying Medical Conditions

 

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

  • 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 as 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.

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 call 3-1-1.

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.

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