9th Case of West Nile Virus Confirmed in El Paso

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 8:47pm

The first case of West Nile in El Paso this year was found in a mosquito in July.
Then nearly two weeks ago, the first human case was reported in El Paso. Wednesday, the Department of Public Health confirmed 9  El Pasoans have come down with the virus. West Nile is spread when a female mosquito bites a bird, takes a blood meal to supply the protein they need to lay their eggs.

The City of El Paso is taking the necessary steps to prevent the mosquitos from breeding and the perfect environment is stagnant water.Every day vector control employees spray a chemical or mineral on top of the water sitting in reservoirs to kill the larvae and prevent them from coming to the surface.

Danny Soto, a supervisor for the City of El Paso Vector Control says it doesn't take much for a mosquito to breed.

“With standing water, maybe a little teaspoon of standing water and they could start breeding. We come on a daily basis, we check the reservoirs,any ditches, any draining pond, any storm drains. We check those on a daily base and make sure that there's no standing water. If everything's flowing, there's no breeding. It's just when it starts to become stagnant, that's when the breeding comes on," said Soto.

Some of those symptoms are: high fever, headache, neck stiffness,disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis.

If you need to report anything please call Environmental Services at 599- 6290. For more information go here.

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