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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:

1.

Female

Late 70’s

Underlying Medical Conditions

2.

Female

Late 70’s

Underlying Medical Conditions

Deceased

3.

Female

Early 50’s

Underlying Medical Conditions

4.

Female

Early 30’s

No Underlying Medical Conditions

5.

Male

Late 30’s

No Underlying Medical Conditions

Deceased

6.

Male

Early 80’s

Underlying Medical Conditions

7.

Male

Early 30’s

No Underlying Medical Conditions

8.

Female

Mid 70’s

Underlying Medical Conditions

9.

Male

Early 80’s

Underlying Medical Conditions

10.

Female

Mid 70’s

Underlying Medical Conditions

11.

Male

Early 80’s

Underlying Medical Conditions

12.

Female

Early 30’s

No Underlying Medical Conditions

13

Male

Late 80’s

Underlying Medical Conditions

14.

Male

Early 60’s

Underlying Medical Conditions

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15.

Male

Early 80’s

Underlying Medical Conditions

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