Elderly man is El Paso's 18th flu-related death this season

Elderly man is El Paso's 18th flu-related death this season
MGN Online
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 3:49pm

The number of flu-related deaths in El Paso County has now reached 18 for this season. The City of El Paso Department of Public Health confirmed the death on Wednesday and said that the latest death was an elderly man with an underlying medical condition.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to this man’s family and friends. We extend our condolences to all those who have lost loved ones as we continue to work diligently to help prevent more loss of life in our community,” said Fernando Gonzalez, Lead Epidemiologist.

Despite the fact that the number of new flu cases continue to decline in the area, officials are still encouraging citizens to practice flu prevention including the 4 C's (clean, cover, contain and call).

During the past week 79 new flu cases were reported in El Paso County, which brings the total number of flu cases to 3,852 cases for the current flu season.

Those who have not received a flu vaccine may still receive one this season. Department officials also urge residents to talk to their primary health care provider about receiving next season’s flu vaccine when it is available later this year.

The Mission of the Department of Public Health is to provide research and evaluation, prevention, intervention, and mobilization services to the people of El Paso so they can be healthy, productive, safe and secure. For more information on the programs and services offered by the Department of Public Health, visit EPHealth.com or call 2-1-1.

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