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Press Releases

    El Pasoans Urged to Get Flu Shot Ahead of Season

    Public Health
    PASO, Texas – The City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) is joining other cities across the Lone Star State to commemorate Texas Influenza Awareness Day on October 1. As the number of flu cases in our area begins to pick up steam, officials want to make sure that everyone six months old and older gets vaccinated to protect themselves from getting the flu.

    Fourth West Nile Case Reported in El Paso Area

    Public Health
    EL PASO, Texas – A fourth case of West Nile virus has been reported to the City of El Paso Department of Public Health. The patient is a man in his 30’s who lives in the Lower Valley. The case comes as El Paso continues to see rainy weather conditions which can create breeding conditions for the mosquitoes that carry the disease. This is why health officials continue to urge residents to take personal measures to remove standing water outside their homes.

    Second travel-related case of Zika serves as a reminder for those visiting affected areas

    Public Health
    EL PASO, Texas - The City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) announced today the confirmation of the second travel-related case of Zika virus in the area. A non-pregnant woman tested positive for the virus following travel to Puerto Rico. The island has been identified as a Zika affected area where active mosquito transmission of Zika is currently taking place. “This individual spent a week in this affected area and started showing symptoms shortly after returning to El Paso on August 17th,” said Robert Resendes, Public Health Director. “This person has since self-isolated, but this latest case is another reminder to the community to protect themselves, especially when traveling to highly affected areas.”

    West Nile Cases Total 3 So Far this Season

    Public Health
    EL PASO, Texas – While the City of El Paso Department of Public Health continues to remind residents that preventing mosquito bites can help prevent the Zika virus, officials announced another case of West Nile virus in the area. The patient is a man in his early 40’s who lives in San Elizario. He is currently recovering from the neuro-invasive form of the disease. “We know that less than one percent of those infected will develop this more serious form of the disease,” said Fernando Gonzalez, Lead Epidemiologist. “But we need to remember that there is the possibility of developing a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis” (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues).

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