The latest cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) in El Paso involve three women and one man. Two adult women and one adult man who live in the 79932 zip code area, as well as an adult woman who lives in the 79912 zip code area are the latest patients diagnosed with the disease. All four are currently recovering at home. Earlier this month, two other men were confirmed to have contracted the disease.

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“We continue to see the normal trend of new cases of West Nile during this time of year,” said Fernando Gonzalez, Lead Epidemiologist. “Our recent rains may make the problem even worse if we don’t take the precautions we recommend every year,” he said.

The total WNV case count in Texas as of Aug. 26 was 41.

West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne illness. Up to 80 percent of people infected with West Nile viruswill have no symptoms. However, some infections can result in serious illness or death.

People over 50 years of age and those with weakened immune systems are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if they become infected with the virus. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page