Watch out, mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus appear in El Paso.

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health is alerting residents that mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus were found when conducting tests at several mosquito pool collections across the city.

According to the Environmental Services Department, the Vector Control Program set netting traps back in May and one of the mosquito pools located in Central El Paso (79903 zip code area) tested positive for the West Nile virus.

The best thing residents can do is 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.

While last year El Paso had 14 human confirmed West Nile virus cases, none have been reported in 2018.

For more information call 2-1-1 or visit EPHealth.com.