• September 19, 2020
 West Nile Virus cases in El Paso rises to 15

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West Nile Virus cases in El Paso rises to 15

A 15th case of West Nile virus has been recorded by the City of El Paso Department of Public Health.

A man in his early 80’s with underlying medical conditions was confirmed to have contracted the virus.

”While the fall season is upon us, the weather is not cold enough to really make a difference when it comes to mosquito activity,” said Fernando Gonzalez, Lead Epidemiologist. “With more pleasant temperatures, residents may be spending more time outdoors and preventing mosquito-borne diseases is extremely important.”

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.
  • DUSKand 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 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.

The following is a table of the cases reported to the Department of Public Health 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
 8.FemaleMid 70’sUnderlying Medical Conditions
 9.MaleEarly 80’sUnderlying Medical Conditions
 10.FemaleMid 70’sUnderlying Medical Conditions
 11.MaleEarly 80’sUnderlying Medical Conditions
 12.FemaleEarly 30’sNo Underlying Medical Conditions
 13MaleLate 80’sUnderlying Medical Conditions
 14.MaleEarly 60’sUnderlying Medical Conditions
NEW15.MaleEarly 80’sUnderlying Medical Conditions

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