DHH: 2 new West Nile deaths in the state
BATON ROUGE - State health officials report two new West Nile virus deaths in the Capital Area Region and in Northwest Louisiana. Officials also reported nineteen new cases, bringing this year's total to 80 cases.
The Department of Health and Hospitals' weekly report shows six new neuroinvasive disease cases - the most serious type. Three were reported in East Baton Rouge and one each in Caddo, St. Tammany and Bossier parishes. Three new cases were of the asymptomatic case; one in each Caddo, Livingston and Rapides parishes.
There were ten new milder West Nile fever cases, where people experience flu-like symptoms. Two were in East Baton Rouge, Caddo and Livingston parishes and one case in Ascension, Bossier Ouachita and St. Tammany.
"We are still confirming new human cases of West Nile virus in Louisiana," said DHH State Epidemiologist Dr. Raoult Ratard. "It is imperative that people protect themselves and their children from being bitten by mosquitos. That's the only way you can be sure that you won't become infected with West Nile virus or any other mosquito-borne diseases."
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.