An elderly man has become the fourth person in El Paso to have died of the flu this season, according to the Department of Public Health.
Officials say the man, who was in his 90s, had underlying medical conditions. It is unknown if he had received a flu shot this season.
“Our investigation has concluded that this man’s death was related to his contraction of the influenza virus,” said Fernando Gonzalez, Lead Epidemiologist. “The number of flu cases in our region continues its seasonal decline but the virus can still be active, and under certain circumstances, can be deadly. We extend our condolences to this man’s loved ones.”
According to a news release, the number of flu cases was recorded at 12,681 at the end of March — 515 more compared to the same time last season.
There were 21 flu-related deaths during last year’s flu season, experts say.
In addition to the flu vaccine, public health officials remind the public to practice the four C’s to help reduce the incidence of infection.
1. CLEAN – Wash your hands often. Scrub your hands for at least 30 seconds with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
2. COVER – Cover your cough. Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Don’t have a tissue? The crook of your elbow will do.
3. CONTAIN – Contain germs by steering clear of others who are sick. If you do get sick, stay home until you’re well again, so you don’t spread more germs.
4. CALL – Call or see your doctor if you or your child has a fever greater than 100 degrees.