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  • Eleven Flu-Related Deaths Reported in El Paso

    2/15/2018

    EL PASO, Texas – The number of flu-related deaths in El Paso now stands at 11 for this season. The three latest reports confirmed by the Department of Public Health involve two men, one in his 80’s, and another in his 50’s. The 11th case involves a female in her 70’s. All three had underlying medical conditions.

  • One Additional Flu-Related Death Reported in El Paso

    2/1/2018

    EL PASO, Texas – The Department of Public Health has received a report of an additional flu-related death in the area. This bring the total of flu-related deaths reported to the Department of Public Health to eight. The latest reported flu-related death is a man in his 80s who had underlying medical conditions.

  • Department Transforms into County Fair for Open House

    1/24/2018

    EL PASO, Texas – The Department of Public Health (DPH) invites the public to learn more about the department during the annual County Fair Open House on Thursday, February 1, at 5115 El Paso Drive. The DPH will be transformed into a county fair as employees celebrate the department’s 10th year in existence. More than a dozen programs will be represented at the event, which will feature information tables, interactive exhibits, and county fair-inspired refreshments.

  • Four Additional Flu-Related Deaths Reported in El Paso

    1/24/2018

    El PASO, Texas – The Department of Public Health has received reports of four additional flu-related deaths in the area this season bringing the total of flu-related deaths to seven. “The loss of life to the influenza virus is devastating to say the least,” said Public Health Director Robert Resendes. “The list, which unfortunately continues to grow, shows us how important it is to pay special attention when it comes to our senior population, especially those whose immune system may be especially vulnerable to the disease.”

  • Two Additional Flu-Related Deaths in El Paso

    1/18/2018

    El PASO, Texas – The Department of Public Health has recorded two more flu-related deaths in El Paso this season with both cases involving men in their 90’s who had received the flu vaccine but who had underlying medical conditions.

  • Public Health Issues Flu Season Advisory

    1/8/2018

    El PASO, Texas – The City of El Paso Department of Public Health is issuing a health advisory to local physicians and healthcare providers regarding the increase in flu activity and a particular strain that can have severe effects on those with weaker immune systems. With 1,163 confirmed cases reported so far this flu season, as compared to 252 cases at this time last year, public Health officials are recommending that health care providers who diagnose patients with the flu consider beginning the use of antivirals as soon as possible in order to reduce the severity of the disease.

  • First Flu-Related Death this Season

    12/20/2017

    EL PASO, Texas – The City of El Paso Department of Public Health has recorded the first flu-related death in the area this season. The case involves a woman in her 50’s who had underlying medical conditions who had had not received a flu vaccine this season.

  • Tuberculosis Screening Yields Two Positive Test Results in YISD Investigation

    12/20/2017

    Today, the Department of Public Health (DPH) announced two individuals have tested positive for Tuberculosis (TB) infection in the recent investigation involving Hanks High School. The department identified 140 individuals who may have been exposed to a person at the school who was diagnosed with active TB disease and a 138 individuals have been screened. Tests revealed two positive results.

  • Approximately 150 Students in the Ysleta Independent School District Possibly Exposed to TB

    12/7/2017

    El PASO, Texas – The City of El Paso Department of Public Health is currently investigating a possible Tuberculosis (TB) exposure involving approximately 150 students in the Ysleta Independent School District. The Department will be sending letters to the parents informing them that their child(ren) may have had close contact with someone with active TB. As a precaution, the Department of Public Health is recommending that these individuals be screened for TB through a blood draw that will be tested at the Department of Public Health laboratory in El Paso.

  • Flu Vaccines for Eligible Children Offered Free of Charge During National Influenza Vaccination Week

    11/30/2017

    EL PASO, Texas – In observance of National Influenza Vaccination Week, the Department of Public Health will waive the administration fee for children’s flu vaccines on Wednesday, December 6. Qualifying children may receive the flu vaccine free of charge at the Immunization Program Health Centers located at the Ysleta Center, 110 Candelaria Road, and the Henderson Center, 721 South Mesa. Both centers are open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.