DHH confirms three new cases of West Nile virus
BATON ROUGE - The Department of Health and Hospitals confirmed three new cases of West Nile virus this week, which are the first confirmed cases this year.
According to the Louisiana DHH, this week's new infections include two cases of the neuroinvasive disease with one of those cases occurring in DHH Region 2, which includes the Capital Area. A third confirmed cases was asymptomatic.
"There is an opportunity for you to get bitten every time you step outside, whether you're taking a quick walk to the mailbox or spending hours at the ball park," said State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry. "You need to take the proper steps to protect yourself and your home from mosquitoes every time you go outdoors."
Last year, 61 cases of the neuroinvasive form of the West Nile virus were recorded in Louisiana. For more information about statistics from previous years and what you can do to keep yourself safe this summer, visit www.dhh.louisiana.gov/fightthebite.