Posted: Jul 8, 2014 2:55 PM by Brian Waldrep
Updated: Jul 8, 2014 2:55 PM
BATON ROUGE- The state Department of Health and Hospitals has reported the first human cases of West Nile virus in 2014.
The three cases were confirmed in Livingston Parish and were all asymptomatic, meaning the individuals did not know they were infected.
Asymptomatic individuals were never ill and were only discovered to have the West Nile virus in their blood when blood work was done for some other reason, such as blood donation.
Last year, Louisiana saw 34 cases of West Nile virus neuroinvasive disease in the state.
Health experts say everyone should take the steps to protect themselves, which includes using mosquito repellent and covering your skin, as well as dumping standing water around your home.