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DHH: 9 new West Nile cases, 1 death

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Posted: Oct 12, 2012 4:32 PM
Updated: Oct 12, 2012 4:32 PM
Source: Associated Press

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BATON ROUGE - State health officials report one new West Nile virus death and nine new cases, bringing the total to 12 deaths this year and 312 cases.

The Department of Health and Hospitals' weekly report shows five new neuroinvasive disease cases - the most serious type. Two were reported in Calcasieu and one each in Iberia, Lafayette and Orleans parishes.

There were four new milder West Nile fever cases, where people experience flu-like symptoms. Two were in Ascension and one each in Jefferson Davis and Livingston parishes.

There were no new reports of asymptomatic cases, which means people show no symptoms and the cases were likely detected through blood donations or other routine medical tests.

Louisiana's most active year for West Nile was 2002, when it reported 328 cases and 24 deaths.

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