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DHH: 8 cases of chikungunya, 1 of dengue in La.

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Posted: Aug 15, 2014 6:07 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: dengue fever, chikungunya fever

BATON ROUGE - State health officials report no new cases of chikungunya fever or dengue fever in Louisiana.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, in its weekly Arbovirus Surveillance Summary released Friday, said so far there have been eight cases of chikungunya, a mosquito-borne illness traditionally found in Africa and Asia, and one of dengue fever.

DHH says all of the infections took place while the individuals were outside of the United States.

LSU AgCenter entomologist Kristen Healy says each of the chikungunya cases was imported into the state - three from Haiti and five from the Dominican Republic. She says the eight cases include three each in Jefferson and Orleans parishes and one each in Grant and Tangipahoa parishes.

The dengue case was in St. Martin Parish.

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