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Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 4:47pm
EL PASO, TX ( KDBC) — The City of El Paso Department of Public Health announced the death of an 81-year-old man in the 79936 zip code who was confirmed to have been infected with West Nile virus. Officials say the man also had an underlying medical condition.
“As a Department we work to prevent having to share this type of news, and sincerely hope that our efforts help make a difference in reducing the number of people who are infected and who succumb to this disease,” said Bruce Parsons, Assistant Public Health Director. “We express our deepest condolences to those who knew and loved this man.”
The health department also reported a 14th known case of the disease in an 83-year-old man who resides in the 79924 zip code.
These are the 14th and 15th known West Nile virus cases in El Paso this year, compared with 20 at the end of September last year.
For information on how to prevent West Nile virus, please visit the El Paso Department of Public Health website.