2 West Nile Cases Surface in October

2 West Nile Cases Surface in October
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POSTED: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 2:58pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 3:00pm

Health officials confirmed Wednesday that two more El Paso women tested positive for West Nile virus last month, bringing up the number to 30 total cases in 2012. 

The El Paso Deparment of Health said the latest cases involve a 47-year-old woman who resides in the 79912 zip code, and a 53-year-old woman who resides in the 79907 zip code. The following is a list of cases confirmed in 2012:

            

Prevention Tips
The best way to avoid exposure to West Nile Virus is to practice the four Ds:
• use Insect repellents that contain DEET
• Drain any standing water
• Dress in long, loose and light-colored clothing and
• take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing from Dusk to Dawn.
To report standing water or mosquito breeding, call Environmental Services at
(915) 599-6290.

Symptoms
• Serious Symptoms in a Few People. About one in 150 people infected with WNV will develop severe illness. The severe symptoms can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. These symptoms may last several weeks, and neurological effects may be permanent.
• Milder Symptoms in Some People. Up to 20 percent of the people who become infected have symptoms such as fever, headache, and body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back. Symptoms can last for as short as a few days, though even healthy people have become sick for several weeks.
• No Symptoms in Most People. Approximately 80 percent of people (about 4 out of 5) who are infected with WNV will not show any symptoms at all.

For more information on West Nile virus, please visit the Health Department website:

www.elpasotexas.gov/health/westnile.asp

or the CDC at:

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/wnv_factSheet.htm.
  

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