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4th person dies from flu in El Paso this season

A fourth person has died from the flu in El Paso County this flu season.

The woman was in her early 60’s and had underlying medical conditions.

A total of 5,683 flu cases have been recorded in the El Paso area this flu season, as compared to 4,140 flu cases and 18 flu-related deaths at this time last year.

“While the temperatures continue to rise, there is still a concern that the flu virus is still circulating,” said Fernando Gonzalez, Lead Epidemiologist. “We extend our condolences to this woman’s family and friends as we continue to work daily on preventing this type of disease.”

Health officials point out that there are important ways private citizens can help in the effort to reduce the number of flu cases. The “4 C’s” have proven to be effective in preventing the spread of the flu virus.

1.CLEAN– Wash your hands often. Scrub your hands for at least 30 seconds with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.

2.COVER– Cover your cough. Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Don’t have a tissue? The crook of your elbow will do.

3.CONTAIN– Contain germs by steering clear of others who are sick. If you do get sick, stay home until you’re well again, so you don’t spread more germs.

4.CALL– Call or see your doctor if you or your child has a fever of greater than 100 degrees.

The Department’s efforts to prevent the spread of the flu virus support the City of El Paso’s strategic goal to nurture and promote a healthy, sustainable community. For more information on the programs and services offered by the Department of Public Health, visit or dial 2-1-1.

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