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.