EL PASO, Texas -

Two more cases of West Nile virus have been found in El Paso, according to the City of El Paso Department of Public Health.

 

Both women live in East El Paso, one in the 79936 zip code and the other in the 79925 zip code.

 

Their ages are 52 and 62 respectively.

 

The first West Nile virus case this year was a 16 year old boy who lives in the 79928 zip code.

 

All three are now recovering from the disease.

 

Officials are reminding residents to prevent mosquito breeding by emptying standing water both inside and outside the home due to recent rainfall.

 

"We have a situation where we know the disease is already present in our area, and weather conditions that could make things worse if we don't take personal action" said Robert Resendes, Public Health Director. "It takes a very small amount of stagnant water to create breeding conditions for mosquitoes that carry the disease."

 

Prevention-The best way to avoid exposure to West Nile Virus is to practice the four Ds:

•      use Insect repellents that contain DEET

•      Drain any standing water

•      Dress in long, loose and light-colored clothing and

•      take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing from Dusk to Dawn.

 

A total of 32 confirmed cases were reported in El Paso last year, and six of those patients died as a result of either the disease itself or due to underlying conditions.

 

To report large areas of standing water or areas suspected of mosquito breeding, call Environmental Services at (915) 3-1-1.

 

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