First El Paso West Nile Virus Case Confirmed in 2018
Mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus has infected a male, the first case to surface this season.
According to the Department of Public Health a male patient residing in west El Paso was confirmed to be suffering from the West Nile virus. The 20 year old male was not suffering from any previous medical conditions and is currently recovering from the virus.
Back in July city health officials had announced that more mosquitoes had tested positive for the West Nile Virus in El Paso including Central, Upper Valley and Fabens areas.
In 2017 El Paso had 14 human confirmed West Nile virus cases. Officials urge residents to be proactive and follow the four D’s:
- DEET - Use insect DEET repellents
- DRESS - Wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks if possible when outdoors.
- DUSK / DAWN – Avoid peak mosquito biting hours (from dusk to dawn)
- DRAIN – Drain standing water from your yards or inside your homes including: flowerpots, gutters, pool covers, pet water dishes, birdbaths and any standing water in general.
For more information call 2-1-1 or visit EPHealth.com.