POSTED: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 4:21pm
UPDATED: Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 10:28am
EL PASO — A total of nine El Pasoans have been infected with West Nile Virus, according to the Department of Public Health in El Paso. This number surpasses the seven total reported in 2011.
The case list is as follows:
1. Male, age 54 from 79935
2. Male, age 34 from 79912
3. Male, age 75 from 79915
4. Male, age 25 from 79936
5. Female, age 81 from 79907
6. Male, age 80 from 79905
7. Male, age 77 from 79915
8. Male, age 53 from 79912 (new)
9. Male, age 68 from 79936 (new)
“We need the community to take action in order to keep our community from reaching the levels of infection we have seen in other parts of the state. Preventing mosquito bites can and will make a difference as we all actively work to combat this disease,” said Michael Hill, Public Health Director.
As of last week, there were 552 state-confirmed cases of West Nile illness in Texas, including 21 related deaths.
As of August 28, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 48 states have seen West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. A total of 1,590 cases of West Nile virus disease in people, including 66 deaths, have been reported to CDC. Of these, 889 (56%) were classified as neuroinvasive disease (such as meningitis or encephalitis) and 701 (44%) were classified as non-neuroinvasive disease.
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.
• 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 CDC website:
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