A total of six new cases of West Nile Virus confirmed over the past week has brought the total number of cases in El Paso to 11 so far this season.
“We need to remember that it takes about a teaspoon of water to create breeding conditions for mosquitoes that carry the West Nile Virus,” said Lead Epidemiologist Fernando Gonzalez.
“As soon as we see rain, we need to start thinking about getting outside our homes and getting rid of it,” Gonzalez added
The news comes as the Sun City continues to experience seasonal rains with more expected in the coming days.
To report standing water or mosquito breeding, call 3-1-1.
The following is a compilation of cases identified by Department of Public Health epidemiologist:
|10||Male||Late 50’s||Mission Valley||New|
|7||Female||Early 70’s||East Colonia||New|
|3||Male||Mid 40’s||Mission Valley|
The most effective way to avoid mosquito-borne illnesses, is to prevent mosquito bites and use the 4 D’s:
- 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 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.