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Catholic churches in El Paso take precautions to prevent spread of flu

By: Gina Benitez
EL PASO, Texas -- Although there are less reported flu cases than there were this time last year, there are already four confirmed flu-related deaths this season.

To help stop the spread of the virus, El Paso Catholic churches are changing the way they do some things.

"If they don't feel perfectly well, they shouldn't come up and receive from the cup," said Mark Seitz, Bishop of the El Paso Diocese.

Seitz also has other plans.

"One thing that I'll be suggesting to our parishes this week is that they put out antiseptic to put on for people to use as they come into church," Seitz said.

And reminds people of one important thing.

"If they don't feel well, they don't have to come into church," Seitz said.

Parishoners at St. Pius are aware of the dangers that come with being in such close quarters and participating in certain customs.

"You shake everybody's hand and you're really close with everybody sitting in the pew's and stuff," said Krystal Lomas.

"The only thing I would do is use more hand sanitizer before and after mass," said Ricardo Ruiz.

Seitz said church isn't the only place where germs can spread but with the proper precautions, everyone can stay safe.

"Life is never without certain risks to it. But we do things that are worthwhile to us because they are valuable despite the fact that there is some risk," Seitz said.



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