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Man living in El Paso's Lower Valley contracts West Nile

71-year-old woman hospitalized after testing positive for West Nile in New Mexico. Source: MGN

The fifth case of West Nile was confirmed Thursday.

A man living in the Lower Valley was diagnosed with West Nile,

The unidentified man, who is in his 70s, has underlying medical conditions but is recovering from the infection, according to El Paso health officials.

There were 14 human cases of West Nile confirmed in El Paso in 2017, and the most recent deaths associated with the disease were two deaths in 2015.

Officials said the following precautions can be used to help prevent the spread of the virus:

• 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.

For more information on the Public Health Department, call 2-1-1 or visit www.EPHealth.com or www.EPSalud.com.

“We continue to recommend that residents practice mosquito bite prevention as a way to prevent this and other vector borne diseases,” said Fernando Gonzalez, Lead Epidemiologist. “They can call 3-1-1 to report large areas of standing water that may be breeding mosquitoes and the Environmental Services Department will investigate and remedy the situation.”

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