West Nile Cases Reach 14

West Nile Cases Reach 14

POSTED: Friday, September 10, 2010 - 7:15am

UPDATED: Friday, September 10, 2010 - 9:09am

El Paso, Texas – According to information we received from the City of El Paso Department of Public Health, a total of seven new cases of the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus have been identified within the last week.

 Here are details of the case.

 63-year-old male residing in the 79905 zip code
 25-year-old male residing in the 79935 zip code
 15-year-old female residing in the 79838 zip code
 67-year-old male residing in the 79935 zip code
 21-year-old male residing in the 79907 zip code
 65-year-old male residing in the 79912 zip code
 55-year-old female residing in the 79936 zip code

Officials say these new cases bring the total count of West Nile Virus for the year to 14.

Because mosquitoes are the main source for transmitting the virus, the 4 D’s are ways to prevent mosquito bites and mosquito breeding.

• Dusk and dawn are when mosquitoes are most active. Avoid outdoor activities during these times.
• Dress – If you are outside, cover up by wearing pants, long-sleeved shirts, shoes and socks.
• Drain standing water on the ground, water in tires, plastic containers, cans, kiddie pools or any other type of container that can hold water. Mosquitoes can lay their eggs in very little water.
• DEET – Use a mosquito repellent that contains DEET (chemical name N,N-diethyl-metatolumide). Be sure to follow the instructions for use on the container.
Other tips:
• Check window and door screens and repair any holes. Make sure door seals are secure.
• Do not over-irrigate your farmland or property as this allows water to stagnate and mosquitoes to breed.

To report mosquito breeding, call the Code Compliance Division of the City of El Paso Environmental Services Department at 599-6290.

Additional information can be found by clicking the West Nile Virus link on the Health Department homepage at www.elpasotexas.gov/health

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