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West Nile Infects 28th El Paso Victim

West Nile Infects 28th El Paso Victim
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POSTED: Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 2:55pm

UPDATED: Friday, October 12, 2012 - 8:35am

A 66-year-old woman was confirmed to be the 28th person to test postive for West Nile virus this year, according to the El Paso Department of Public Health.

The woman lives in the 79935 area code and was diagnosed with West Nile Virus fever. Health officials are reminding the public that the threat of West Nile continues, especially with rain chances increasing in the near future.

"Although we are now in the fall season, warm temperatures and wet weather will most likely increase the mosquito population in our area, and that will create a greater threat of West Nile in El Paso. It will take much colder weather in order to significantly affect the breeding of mosquitoes," said Bruce Parsons, Interim Public Health Director.

Five people have died as a result of West Nile virus in El Paso so far this year. Below are the zip codes of infected patients. 

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 (New)

The Department of Public Health continues to advise residents to take the following precautions against West Nile virus by preventing mosquito bites.

• 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.

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.

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