• September 23, 2020
 Three new cases of West Nile Virus confirmed

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Three new cases of West Nile Virus confirmed

On Tuesday, officials with the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) confirmed three additional West Nile virus (WNV) cases in the area.

The 8th case is a woman in her mid-70’s, the 9th case is a man in his early-80’s and the 10th case is a woman in her mid-70’s. All have underlying medical conditions.

”We need our community to be ready to tip and toss items after it rains so that we don’t create more breeding opportunities for mosquitoes. These mosquitoes can carry diseases and so we need to keep their numbers as low as possible,” said Fernando Gonzalez, Lead Epidemiologist.

This news comes just two weeks after the DPH reported two West Nile virus-related deaths and as the region’s weather forecast calls for rain over the next several days.

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.

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.

For more information, view this Mosquito Prevention PSA

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

 

 1.FemaleLate 70’sUnderlying Medical Conditions
 2.FemaleLate 70’sUnderlying Medical Conditions
Deceased3.FemaleEarly 50’sUnderlying Medical Conditions
 4.FemaleEarly 30’sNo Underlying Medical Conditions
 5.MaleLate 30’sNo Underlying Medical Conditions
Deceased6.MaleEarly 80’sUnderlying Medical Conditions
 7.MaleEarly 30’sNo Underlying Medical Conditions
NEW8.FemaleMid 70’sUnderlying Medical Conditions
NEW9.MaleEarly 80’sUnderlying Medical Conditions
NEW10.FemaleMid 70’sUnderlying Medical Conditions

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