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DHH confirms new case of West Nile virus

3 years ago September 16, 2011 Sep 16, 2011 Friday, September 16 2011 Friday, September 16, 2011 2:00:09 PM EDT in News
Source: Department of Health and Hospitals

BATON ROUGE - Health officials reported today another case of West Nile virus had been found in western Louisiana, bringing the year's total up to nine reported cases so far.

According to Department of Health and Hospitals spokesperson Lisa Faust, the new case was reported in Calcasieu Parish and was classified as neuroinvasive, the rarest and most severe form of the virus.

Faust said about 90 percent of West Nile infections never show any symptoms, and ten percent of infections result in a fever.  Only a small handful of cases are neuroinvasive, which causes swelling of the brain and spinal cord and could result in death.

The West Nile Virus spreads through humans by mosquito bites. More information about the disease can be found at DHH's website.

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