DHH confirms 1 new case of West Nile virus
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's health department says a West Nile virus case in Calcasieu Parish is the tenth diagnosed statewide this year and the fifth dangerous infection of the brain or spinal cord.
The Department of Health and Hospitals says the last dangerous "neuroinvasive" case to be diagnosed also was in Calcasieu Parish.
Other cases diagnosed earlier include three of flu-like West Nile fever and two infections without any symptoms. About 90 percent of people infected by the virus never get sick and learn about it only if their blood is tested for some reason.
The totals for all the infections and dangerous "neuroinvasive" infections are less than half those at this time last year. The total for all of 2010 was 34 cases, 20 of them neuroinvasive.