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24 new cases of West Nile announced

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Posted: Aug 17, 2012 2:03 PM by Adrienne Demouy
Updated: Aug 17, 2012 2:03 PM
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BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals reported 24 new cases of West Nile virus infections this week.

No additional deaths from the virus have occurred, but six people have died so far this year.

DHH has found a total of 92 cases of West Nile virus this year, with 47 of those cases being the more serious West Nile neuro-invasive form.

"We continue to confirm additional cases each week, and as mosquitoes remain active, we can expect to see more," said Dr. Raoult Ratard, DHH State Epidemiologist. "People need to take this disease seriously and follow precautions to avoid mosquito bites."

DHH said local mosquito control partners and abatement districts are working to keep the population of infected mosquitoes under control.

DHH issues a weekly report detailing cases detected throughout the state here.

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