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DHH confirms 6 new West Nile virus cases

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Posted: Aug 1, 2014 4:30 PM by Brock Sues
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BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Home and Health (DHH) added another six confirmed cases of West Nile virus this week, including one asymptomatic case in East Baton Rouge Parish.

The new numbers bring the total number of Louisiana cases in Louisiana this year to 15. Caddo and Livingston Parishes reported the other new cases this week.

About 90 percent of all West Nile cases remain symptomless like the EBR case, but the three new cases in Caddo Parish are of the neuroinvasive disease type that is accompanied by serious, potentially life-threatening symptoms.

Just last week an elderly man in Caddo Parish became the first reported West Nile death in the state when he died from the infection.

"If mosquitoes are biting, everyone is at risk. We recommend you take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your children. We encourage everyone to control the mosquito population by dumping standing water from containers around their home. This prevents mosquitoes from reproducing." said State Epidemiologist Dr. Raoult Ratard.

For a more detailed look at DHH reports on West Nile in Louisiana or to get tips on prevention, visit their Fight The Bite website.

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