Two more cases of west nile confirmed in El Paso
POSTED: Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 11:29am
UPDATED: Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 6:01pm
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — The City of El Paso Department of Public Health is investigating two additional cases of West Nile virus.
The infection of an El Paso man and woman brings the total number of cases to nine so far this year.
Health officials confirmed today that the 8th case is that of a 59-year-old female who resides in the 79928 zip code.
The 9th case involves a 48-year-old man who lives within the 79915 zip code.
At this time last year there were 23 confirmed cases in El Paso and three deaths reported.
“We need residents to literally stop what they are doing, go outside their home and see if there is any standing water outside. Whether it is flowerpots, children’s toys, or even gutters with blocked downspouts that are collecting water, they need to dump it out or drain them. Be sure to turn items over to prevent breeding if we get more rain,” said Robert Resendes, Public Health Director. “
The list of this year’s cases is shown below:
Case Age Gender Zip Code
1 16 y/o Male 79928
2 52 y/o Female 79936
3 62 y/o Female 79925
4 62 y/o Female 79932
5 63 y/o Female 79924
6 70 y/o Female 79922
7 48 y/o Female 79924
8 59 y/o Female 79928 (new)
9 48 y/o Male 79915 (new)
Local residents are asked to practice the four Ds in order to prevent the mosquito bites that transfer the disease:
• Use insect repellents that contain DEET
• Drain any standing water
• Dress in long, loose and light-colored clothing and
• Take extra care to avoid the outdoor and to use repellent and protective clothing from Dusk to Dawn.
To report large areas of standing water or areas suspected of mosquito breeding, call Environmental Services at (915) 3-1-1.