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Third flu-related death in El Paso



An elderly woman has died of influenza, according to officials from the Department of Public Health in El Paso.

Officials said the woman was in her mid-80s and had not been vaccinated against the influenza virus.

They also said that she had basic illnesses.

So far, three flu season people have died from the flu.

"The trend we are seeing now is the number of cases in which flu is reported continues to increase," said Fernando Gonzalez, senior epidemiologist. "We would like to express our condolences to the relatives of this woman and to remind the community to protect themselves against the flu, as this can have devastating effects. It's not too late to get a flu shot.

As of the third week of January, the number of flu cases in El Paso is 661

, compared to 1,540 at the same time last season. There were 21 flu-related deaths in the flu season last year.

In addition to the flu vaccine, public health officials remind the public to practice the four Cs to reduce the frequency of infection. They are:

1. CLEAN – Wash your hands often. Scrub your hands with soap and water for at least 30 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.

2nd COVER – Cover your cough. Use a cloth to cover the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Do not you have a handkerchief? The elbow movement will do it.

3. CONTAIN – Contain germs by avoiding other patients. If you get sick, stay home until you are well again, so you do not spread any other germs.

4. CALL – Call or see a doctor if you or your child has a fever of more than 100 degrees.

For more information, visit www.EPHealth.com or www.EPSalud.com under the "Flu" tab. The site provides flu-related information, including prevention methods, flu monitoring and other resources, to help achieve the city's goal of promoting and promoting a healthy, sustainable community.


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