West Nile Virus claims first life of 2013

Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 4:41pm

West Nile Virus has claimed the first victim of 2013 in the Borderland. El Paso Department of Public Health officials say that the 84-year-old man died after contracting the virus.

"It is always difficult to report the death of one of our residents because of this disease," said Fernando Gonzalez, Lead Epidemiologist. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones and with the entire community as we all do what we can to prevent the incidence of this virus."

The man, who officials say lived in the 79903 zip code in Central El Paso, suffered from several underlying health conditions that contributed to his death.

Two additional cases of West Nile were also confirmed. Department officials say the patients are an 84-year-old man who lives in the 79907 zip code, and a 51-year-old man who lives in the 79932 zip code.

At this time last year, there were 27 cases and 5 West Nile-related deaths in El Paso.

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