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DHH reports new West Nile case in EBR Parish

3 years ago August 24, 2011 Aug 24, 2011 Wednesday, August 24 2011 Wednesday, August 24, 2011 1:38:25 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 Louisiana, bringing the year's total up to four reported cases so far.

Lisa Faust, a spokesperson with the Department of Health and Hospitals, said in a press release that the new case was reported in East Baton Rouge Parish and was asymptomatic, the least-dangerous form of the virus.

Faust said about 90 percent of West Nile infections are asymptomatic, ten percent of infections result in a fever and a small handful of cases are classified as "neuroinvasive", which could result in death.

With only four cases reported and none of them classified as neuroinvasive, Faust said the state is on track to have a record low amount of reported cases this year.  By this time last year, the state had already seen six neuroinvasive cases, six cases of West Nile fever and seven asymptomatic cases.

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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