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15th person contracts West Nile virus in El Paso

The City of El Paso’s Department of Public Health has recorded a 15th case of West Nile virus this season. Officials said a man in his early 80s, with underlying medical conditions, contracted the virus.

“While the fall season is upon us, the weather is not cold enough to really make a difference when it comes to mosquito activity,” the city’s lead epidemiologist Fernando Gonzalez said in a news release. “With more pleasant temperatures, residents may be spending more time outdoors and preventing mosquito-borne diseases is extremely important.”

Click here for a map showing mosquito control activities in El Paso.

Officials said the best way to avoid contracting West Nile is to remember the “Four Ds.”

DEET: Use insect repellents that contain DEET when outdoors.

DRESS: Wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors.

DUSK and DAWN – Although mosquitoes associated with other diseases such as Zika can be active throughout the day; residents should take extra care during peak mosquito biting hours (from dusk to dawn) or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times.

DRAIN – Drain standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, and birdbaths.

Here’s a list of all the recorded cases this season:

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