New West Nile Cases

POSTED: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 6:36am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:24pm

New West Nile case numbers, and another pool of mosquitos has tested positive in El Paso. The health deppartment says there are currently 10 human cases of West Nile in El Paso County. A new pool of mosquitos in west El Paso has tested positive, bringing the total number of pools to six across the city.

The Health Department says there are several things people can do to keep themselves safe:

Removing any standing water they may have outside their homes and businesses.
Trimming the weeds and the vegetation on their property and nearby sidewalks, alleys and parkways. Tall weeds and grass serve as shelter for mosquitoes.
Getting rid of any tin cans, jars, plastic containers, plant pots and any other containers that can hold stagnant water.
Properly disposing of old tires.
Making sure roof gutters drain properly.
Keeping all swimming pools cleaned and chlorinated even if they are not being used.
Removing any standing water from culverts.
Storing plastic wading pools, buckets, barrels and wheelbarrows upside down so that the water cannot accumulate in them.
Frequently changing the water in birdbaths and pet dishes.
Aerating ornamental ponds or stock them with fish.
Keeping their yards trim. Weeds, tall grass and shrubbery provide an outdoor home for mosquitoes.

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