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First Louisiana West Nile death of the year

8 months ago Friday, July 25, 2014 5:36:08 AM CDT July 25, 2014 Friday, July 25 2014 Jul 25, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press

SHREVEPORT - Louisiana health officials say a person in Shreveport has died from the West Nile virus.

The individual who died was between 60 and 74 years old. The gender of the victim has not been released at this time. Martha Whyte, public health chief in northwest Louisiana, tells the Times she cannot provide other information, citing confidentiality rules.

The death is the first in Louisiana this year from the mosquito-borne virus. It is among four total cases in Caddo Parish in the past week. State health officials also recorded two cases of neuroinvasive West Nile disease and one case of the less serious West Nile fever. One of the more serious cases also involves a Shreveport resident.

State health officials recorded 34 cases of the more severe neuroinvasive disease in 2013, down from a high of 204 in 2002.

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