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Middle-aged man with no underlying medical conditions latest to die of the flu

The latest El Pasoan to die as a result of complications from the flu is a man in his 50s who had no underlying medical conditions, the City of El Paso Department of Public Health announced Thursday.

The death increased the number of flu-related deaths in El Paso to 20, the health department said.

A total of 12,166 cases have been reported this flu season, which is three times more activity as that seen at this time last season, the City said.

While it appears the flu season has reached its peak, public health officials continue to urge medical providers to test for the flu and to prescribe antivirals when possible.

They also encourage El Paso residents to be vaccinated and to practice the “4 C’s” which have proven to be effective in preventing the spread of the flu:

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

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.

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

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

For more information on the programs and services provided by the Department of Public Health, call 2-1-1 or visit or

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