Two New West Nile Cases Confirmed

Two New West Nile Cases Confirmed
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 12:52pm

Two more individuals have tested positive for West Nile virus this year in El Paso, bringing the total to 18 confirmed cases far this year. The latest cases involve a 62-year-old female who resides in the 79927 zip code, and a 47-year-old man who resides in the 79936 zip code. The following is a list of cases confirmed in 2012:

Patient Age Zip Code

1. Male 54 79935
2. Male 34 79912
3. Male 75 79915
4. Male 25 79936
5. Female 81 79907
6. Male 80 79905
7. Male 77 79915
8. Male 53 79912
9. Male 68 79936
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 (new)
18 Male 47 79936 (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.

Education
In effort to increase awareness about the disease and ways the public can protect themselves, the Department has added a West Nile virus session to the list of presentations offered by the Speakers Bureau. Local civic and community organizations can schedule a presentation that will include background on the disease, prevention methods, as well as what people can look out for in regards to signs and symptoms of infection. Presentations can be scheduled electronically or via telephone at:

http://tinyurl.com/8b6qptx
(915) 771-5727

Nationally the CDC released new numbers Wednesday. As of September 11, 2012, 48 states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. A total of 2,636 cases of West Nile virus disease in people, including 118 deaths, have been reported to CDC. Of these, 1,405 (53%) were classified as neuroinvasive disease (such as meningitis or encephalitis) and 1,231 (47%) were classified as non-neuroinvasive disease.
The 2,636 cases reported thus far in 2012 is the highest number of West Nile virus disease cases reported to CDC through the second week in September since 2003. Two thirds of the cases have been reported from six states (Texas, Louisiana, South Dakota, Mississippi, Michigan, and Oklahoma) and 40 percent of all cases have been reported from Texas.

 

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