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Health Officials: Fourth Case of West Nile Virus Confirmed in El Paso

The Department of Public Health has confirmed a fourth case of West Nile Virus this season in El Paso. The patient is a man under the age of 20, who lives in Northeast El Paso. He has no underlying medical conditions.

“The current weather conditions, with rain and warm temperatures, are creating the perfect situation for increased mosquito breeding,” said Department of Public Health Assistant Director Bruce Parsons. “Considering that it only takes a teaspoon of stagnant water to enable breeding, we need everyone in our community to tip and toss any items that are collecting rainwater outside their homes.”

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.

In addition to the practice of “tip and toss”, residents are encouraged to report large areas of standing water that may be breeding mosquitoes to the Environmental Services Department by calling 3-1-1. Residents can ‘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 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
NEW 4. Male Teen No Underlying Medical Conditions

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

 

Third West Nile Case Announced, Health Officials Urge Caution Over Labor Day Weekend

On Thursday, the Department of Public Health confirmed a third case of West Nile Virus this season in El Paso.

“The upcoming Labor Day weekend is typically a time for the community to spend extended periods of time outdoors and we need residents to protect themselves from mosquitoes that carry West Nile,” said Department of Public Health Lead Epidemiologist Fernando Gonzalez. “Please make sure to use insect repellent and do whatever it takes to keep you and your children from being bitten.”

According to officials, the patient is a woman in her mid-60’s who lives in the Mission Valley. She has underlying medical conditions but is recovering from the infection.

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 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
NEW 3. Female 60’s Underlying Medical Conditions

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 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.

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

Public Health Department Confirms Second Case of West Nile in El Paso

The Department of Public Health has confirmed a second case of West Nile Virus this season in El Paso.

The patient is a man in his early 70’s who lives in West El Paso. He has underlying medical conditions but is recovering from the infection. The first case this season involved a man in his early 20’s who also lives in West El Paso.

“With rain expected in our area over the next several days, we need to be sure to empty any standing water in order to prevent breeding the mosquitoes that carry this disease,” said Department of Public Health Lead Epidemiologist Fernando Gonzalez. “We have more positive mosquito pools identified across the City and we must be proactive in protecting ourselves and our families.”

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 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.

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

www.EPSalud.com.

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