The total number of West Nile Virus cases reported in El Paso has risen.

The number of cases of West Nile Virus reported in El Paso, while small, has doubled for 2017. Eleven cases, 9 men and 2 women, have been confirmed.

The virus is transmitted via mosquito bites so, getting rid of standing water and keeping doors and windows sealed/closed is recommended. The El Paso Herald Post posted these tips for avoiding mosquito bites, 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 (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.

To report standing water or heavy mosquito activity, call 311. For more mosquito tips and info, click here.