12 new West Nile virus infections in Louisiana
NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's health department says 12 new West Nile virus infections in the state bring the year's total to 92.
Three of the cases diagnosed this week are dangerous infections of the nervous system, bringing that total to 41. The state already had surpassed last year's total of 34.
All three of those neuroinvasive infections are in East Baton Rouge Parish, where two patients diagnosed with flu-like West Nile fever and one without symptoms are located.
A health department news release says Caddo Parish also has two cases of West Nile fever, while Livingston, Orleans and St. Tammany parishes have one each. A second infection without symptoms was diagnosed in Iberville Parish.
A total of 36 fever cases and 15 without symptoms have been diagnosed this year.