Capital region has most of new West Nile cases
GONZALES- A new case of West Nile in Ascension Parish is among the 15 total new cases state-wide the health department released Friday.
The additional cases bring the year's total to 118 reported infections. The Department of Health and Hospitals said the new infections include five of the more serious neuroinvasive disease.
In addition to Ascension Parish, new cases were also reported in Bossier, East Baton Rouge, Ouachita and Pointe Coupee parishes.
There were also nine new cases of the milder West Nile fever including five in East Baton Rouge, three in Caddo and one in LaFourche. There was also one new asymptomatic case reported in East Baton Rouge Parish.
So far in 2014, five people have died from West Nile.
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