Health Officials Confirm 6th West Nile Death

Health Officials Confirm 6th West Nile Death
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POSTED: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 5:36pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 5:43pm

Health officials with the City of El Paso released details in the sixth West Nile death case out of the 79903 zip code. 

"It is with deep sympathy that the City of El Paso Department of Public Health reports the sixth local death associated with West Nile virus in El Paso," officials said in a press release.  "The 78-year-old man lived in the 79903 zip code and was diagnosed with the illness late last month. He was also diagnosed with multiple underlying conditions."

“With the official start of winter just days away, it is definitely surprising to see new cases of the disease so late in the year,” said Fernando Gonzalez, Lead Epidemiologist. “We want the El Paso community to know that we continue to monitor the presence of West Nile in our region and ask that they remain vigilant as well,” he added.

The following is an updated list of West Nile Virus cases in our area:\

Patient Age Zip Code

1. Male 54 79935
2. Male 34 79912
3. Male 75 79915 (deceased)
4. Male 25 79936 (deceased)
5. Female 81 79907
6. Male 80 79905
7. Male 77 79915 (deceased)
8. Male 53 79912
9. Male 68 79936 (deceased)
10. Male 71 79849
11. Male 57 79938
12. Female 47 79927
13. Male 49 79915
14. Male 60 79925
15. Female 85 79915
16. Female 59 79927
17. Female 62 79927
18. Male 47 79936
19. Female 72 79925
20. Female 67 79935 (deceased)
21. Female 48 79936
22. Female 56 79905
23. Male 5 79927
24. Male 50 79922
25. Male 66 79907
26. Male 26 79902
27. Male 22 79932
28. Female 66 79935
29. Female 47 79912
30. Female 53 79907
31. Male 78 79903 (deceased)
32. Male 74 79925 (new)

Prevention
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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