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DHH: 5 of 9 new West Nile cases in Baton Rouge

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Posted: Aug 29, 2014 5:49 PM by Caroline McDougall
Updated: Aug 29, 2014 5:59 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: West Nile, DHH, neuroinvasive, fever, East Baton Rouge, Ascension, Caddo, Dr. Raoult Ratard, Labor Day

BATON ROUGE - State health officials added another 9 confirmed cases of West Nile virus this week, including five new cases of the neuroinvasive disease type all reported in East Baton Rouge.

The new numbers bring the total number of Louisiana cases this year to 61 with the other four reported fever cases in Ascension, Caddo and East Baton Rouge with no new asymptomatic cases.

DHH officials encourage everyone to continue protecting against mosquito bites during the Labor day weekend.

"If you're going to be outside this Labor Day weekend, take time to protect yourself from mosquitoes," said DHH State Epidemiologist Dr. Raoult Ratard. "Protecting yourself is very simple and it could spare you from getting this disease."

About 90 percent of all cases are asymptomatic, 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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