Sixth West Nile Virus Case Confirmed

El Paso, TX (KTSM) - Despite the colder weather, the City of El Paso Department of Public Health announced Thursday that a sixth person has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus in El Paso County.

The latest patient is a man in his 50's who lives in El Paso's Westside. He is said to be recovering.

“This is not the first time we see West Nile infections during the colder time of the year, but the case is rather unusual,” said Fernando Gonzalez, Lead Epidemiologist. “It’s important that we don’t assume mosquito activity ends when the weather gets cold. We know they are out there and we know that some of them are infected, and can spread the virus.”

This latest case has been added to the running list being compiled by the DPH (as shown below.)

Case

Sex

Age

Area of Residence

1

Male

70s

Central El Paso

2

Male

20s

Central El Paso

3

Male

40s

San Elizario

4

Male

30s

Lower Valley

5

Female

70s

Upper Valley

6

Male

50s

Westside

 

The Department of Public Health continues to recommend mosquito bite prevention tips. To report standing water or other mosquito breeding sites, call 3-1-1. Please be sure to provide address or street names with cross streets when calling.

The mission of the Department of Public Health is to provide research and evaluation, prevention, intervention, and mobilization services to the people of El Paso so they can be healthy, productive, safe, and secure. For more information on the programs and services offered by the Department of Public Health, visit EPHealth.com or call 211.


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