First West Nile-related death of 2013 reported

First West Nile-related death of 2013 reported
Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 2:26pm

EP Dep't of Public Health: Central EP man died; 2 more cases confirmed

El Paso Department of Public Health officials say that an  84-year-old man has died after contracting the West Nile virus.

"It is always difficult to report the death of one of our residents because of this disease," said Fernando Gonzalez, Lead Epidemiologist. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones and with the entire community as we all do what we can to prevent the incidence of this virus."

According to officials the man, who lived in the 79903 zip code in Central El Paso, suffered from several underlying health conditions.

Two additional cases of West Nile were also confirmed. Department officials say the patients are an 84-year-old man who lives in the 79907 zip code, and a 51-year-old man who lives in the 79932 zip code.

At this time last year, there were 27 cases and 5 West Nile-related deaths in El Paso.

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