Six West Nile virus cases reported in a week; 11 cases reported this season

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Six new cases of West Nile virus emerged over the past week, bringing the total number of cases to 11 this season, health officials said.

The six new cases were from residents living in different areas of El Paso and Socorro.

“We need to remember that it takes about a teaspoon of water to create breeding conditions for mosquitoes that carry the West Nile Virus,” said Fernando Gonzalez, lead epidemiologist for the city of El Paso. “As soon as we see rain, we need to start thinking about getting outside our homes and getting rid of it.”

The most effective way to avoid mosquito-borne illnesses is to prevent mosquito bites and use the 4 D’s:

  • 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 Zika can be active throughout the day, residents should take extra care during peak mosquito biting hours (at dusk and dawn) or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times.
  • DRAIN – Drain standing water from flower pots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes and birdbaths.

To report standing water or mosquito breeding, call 3-1-1

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