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.