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Residents urged to take precautions against West Nile virus

Residents urged to take precautions against West Nile virus
Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 10:19am

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health is urging residents to do their part to prevent West Nile virus infections.

"286 people died of West Nile Virus infection in 2012 across the United States - with Texas being the hardest hit of all states" said Robert Resendes, Public Health Director.

So far no confirmed cases of West Nile have been reported in El Paso for 2013. 

In an effort to prevent more infections and loss of life Department officials are recommending that residents practice the Four D's:

•  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 3-1-1.

For more information on West Nile virus, please visit the Health Department website:

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