A second case of West Nile Virus has been identified in El Paso County, according to the City of El Paso Department of Public Health.
The first patient is a 56-year-old male. The second is a 53-year-old female. Both reside within the 79907 zip code.
The health department reminds the public that it is possible the West Nile virus exists throughout the El Paso region and not just in the zip code area where the two cases have been found.
Reduce the risk of diseases passed on by mosquito bites by:
Dusk and dawn are when mosquitoes are most active. Avoid outdoor activities during these times. Dress – If you are outside, cover up by wearing pants, long-sleeved shirts, shoes and socks. Drain standing water on the ground, water in tires, plastic containers, cans, kiddie pools or any other type of container that can hold water. Mosquitoes can lay their egg in very little water. DEET – Use a mosquito repellent that contains DEET (chemical name N,N-diethyl-metatolumide). Be sure to follow the instructions for use on the container. Other tips:
Check window and door screens and repair any holes. Make sure door seals are secure. Do not over-irrigate your farmland or property as this allows water to stagnate and mosquitoes to breed.
Find other tips at www.elpasotexas.gov/health