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DHH confirms 13 new cases of West Nile in Louisiana

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Posted: Aug 15, 2014 3:19 PM by Caroline McDougall
Updated: Aug 15, 2014 3:19 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: West Nile, DHH, mosquito, East Baton Rouge, Caddo, Livingston

BATON ROUGE - Health officials confirmed 13 new case of West Nile in the state Friday.

The Department of Health and Hospitals reported multiple cases in East Baton Rouge, Ascension, Caddo, Calcasieu and Livingston. Officials say the 13 new cases were reported in the state's latest surveillance report, bringing the year's total number of cases up to 42.

All 13 cases in the three parishes were reported neuroinvasive infections, which are the most dangerous form of the disease that can potentially lead to brain swelling and death.

"People should always be on guard around mosquitos," said Dr. Raoult Ratard, DHH State Epidemiologist."As long as mosquitos are biting, we are all at risk. In previous years, we've had West Nile virus cases as late as December, so don't let your guard down."

For more information on virus statistics mosquito protection, visit the DHH website.

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