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DHH: 10 new West Nile cases in state

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Posted: Aug 22, 2014 4:38 PM by Caroline McDougall
Updated: Aug 22, 2014 4:38 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: West Nile, DHH, Dr. Raoult Ratard, Fight the Bite

BATON ROUGE - State health officials added another 10 confirmed cases of West Nile virus this week, including seven new cases of the neuroinvasive disease type in East Baton Rouge, Ouachita and Ascension parishes.

The new numbers bring the total number of Louisiana cases this year to 52 with the other three reported cases this week of the asymptomatic variety in Caddo and Pointe Coupee parishes.

About 90 percent of all cases are symptomless, but the neuroinvasive disease type is accompanied by serious, potentially life-threatening symptoms.

"Mosquitoes are out and biting and spreading West Nile virus," said DHH State Epidemiologist Dr. Raoult Ratard. "Protecting yourself is very simple and it could spare you from getting this disease."

For a more detailed look at DHH reports on West Nile in Louisiana or to get tips on prevention, visit their Fight The Bite website.

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