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.||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|
|NEW||8.||Female||Mid 70’s||Underlying Medical Conditions|
|NEW||9.||Male||Early 80’s||Underlying Medical Conditions|
|NEW||10.||Female||Mid 70’s||Underlying Medical Conditions|