DHH confirms 8 new cases of West Nile virus
BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Health and Hospitals reported eight new West Nile cases today, bringing the year's total number of cases to 21 so far.
This new infections include four cases of neuroinvasive disease, which is the most dangerous form of the infection. One case each was reported in Caldwell, Lafayette, Ouachita and Rapides parishes.
There were also four cases of West Nile fever, with two cases from Lafayette Parish and one each from Calcasieu and Ouachita.
Last year, Louisiana reported 160 cases of West Nile virus neuroinvasive disease in the state, which is down from 2002's high of 204 cases of West Nile virus neuroinvasive disease.
For more information on West Nile and prevention tips, visit the DHH website.