DHH: One death and 11 new cases of West Nile virus
BATON ROUGE - State health officials reports one new West Nile virus death out of 11 news cases in the state. Officials say the new cases bring this year's total to 103 cases.
According to the report the death in DHH Region 3 which encompasses St. Mary, St. James, St. John, St. Charles, Assumption, Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes.
The Department of Health and Hospitals' weekly report shows seven neuroinvasive disease cases - the most serious type.Three were reported in Lafourche and one in each Ascension, Point Coupee, Terrebonne and Washington parishes. Two cases were reported asymptomatic each in East Baton Rouge and Ascension parishes where no symptoms are evident.
There were two new milder West Nile fever cases, one in each Jefferson Davis and Livingston parishes, where people experience flu-like symptoms.
"temperatures are starting to drop in parts of the state, but the start of fall weather shouldn't change how you protect yourself from mosquito bites outside," said DHH State Epidemiologist Dr. Raoult Ratard."Remember that you can protect yourself by wearing long sleeves and pants when outside, using mosquito repellent and avoiding the outdoors during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are the most active."
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.