Toddler among latest cases of flu-related deaths in El Paso; 18 in total

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As the flu season continues, three more flu-related deaths have been reported in El Paso, including the first child flu-related death, health officials said.

A child under the age of 5 died after contracting the flu, but the child reportedly had one underlying medical condition, health officials said.

A woman in her 40s was the first flu-related death involving someone who did not have an underlying medical condition, health officials said.

The third recent death was a case involving a woman in her 60s with underlying medical conditions, health officials said.

In total, 18 flu-related deaths have been reported so far this season, health officials said.

Public health officials continue to urge medical providers to test for the flu and to prescribe antivirals when possible.

"Influenza is a year-round disease in our community and world-wide," Fernando Gonzalez, lead epidemiologist for the Public Heath Department, said. "Flu never goes away. Cases decrease during the months passing winter. But the viral load in the environment is there."

They also encourage El Paso residents to be vaccinated and to practice the “4 Cs," which are as follows:

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’re sick, stay home until you’re well.

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

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