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Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 6:09pm
The El Paso Department of Public Health released some encouraging numbers when it comes to the flu. The number of new flu cases in El Paso County continues to decrease, according to health department officials.
Last week, a total of 153 new cases were reported to the Department of Health last week with moderate influenza activity still detected in our community. Despite the drop in cases, the number of total flu cases in 2014 is the highest since 2009 when the area experienced a major H1N1 flu outbreak.
A total of 3,773 cases of influenza have been reported in El Paso County so far in the 2013-2014 flu season. The total number of deaths in El Paso county attributed to the flu stands at seventeen with no new flu deaths reported last week.
Officials continue to urge residents to practice prevention including the 4 C’s:
- 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 do get sick, stay home until you’re well again, so you don’t spread more germs.
- CALL-Call or see your doctor if you or your child has a fever of greater than 100 degrees.
Those who have not received a flu vaccine may still receive one this season, and Department officials urge all residents to talk to their primary health care provider about receiving the 2014-2015 flu vaccine when it is available later this year.
The Mission of the Department of Public Health is to provide research and evaluation, prevention, intervention, and mobilization services to the people of El Paso so they can be healthy, productive, safe and secure. For more information on the programs and services offered by the Department of Public Health, visit EPHealth.com or call 2-1-1.