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DHH report: First human case of West Nile virus in 2013

3 years 10 months 2 days ago July 23, 2013 Jul 23, 2013 Tuesday, July 23 2013 July 23, 2013 1:02 PM in News
Source: DHH
By: Brian Waldrep

BATON ROUGE, La. - The state Department of Health and Hospitals has reported the state's first case of West Nile virus in a human in 2013.

The case was confirmed July 22nd in Caldwell Parish and was determined to be a neuroinvasive disease.

A neuroinvasive disease illness is caused by West Nile virus attacking the nerve cells.

Last year, Louisiana saw 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.

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