DHH confirms 5 new West Nile virus cases in La.
Baton Rouge- The state Department of Health and Hospitals has confirmed five new cases of the West Nile virus.
This brings the year's total to 39.
The new cases were confirmed in Caldwell, Lafayette, Rapides and Ouchita parishes.
Humans contract West Nile when they are bitten by mosquitoes infected with the virus.
Last year, Louisiana reported 160 cases of the West Nile virus, which is down from 2002's high of 204 cases.
The state has reported one West Nile virus death so far this year.
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