One sick in Capital Region with West Nile
BATON ROUGE - Someone living in the Capital Region is one of two people ill with neuroinvasive West Nile.
The Department of Health and Hospitals released generic information about the patient Friday. The state never provides specific information about a sick person's location, only the health region where they live. The patient with West Nile in the Baton Rouge area lives in Region 2, covering East and West Baton Rouge, East and West Feliciana, Pointe Coupee, Iberville and Ascension parishes.
A second person is ill with the same type of virus in Region 6, including Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Rapides, Vernon and Winn. A third case, also in Region 6, was asymptomatic.
"There is an opportunity for you to get bitten every time you step outside, whether you're taking a quick walk to the mailbox or spending hours at the ball park," said State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry. "You need to take the proper steps to protect yourself and your home from mosquitoes every time you go outdoors."
Last year, Louisiana saw 62 cases of West Nile virus neuroinvasive disease in the state.
Mosquito control in East Baton Rouge also said Friday, recent tests have shown mosquitoes to be carrying West Nile. Samples taken as far back as two weeks ago tested positive, although samples done earlier this week were clear.
"Usually we get the message water equals mosquitoes, but this year I think those heavy rain events actually help wash out ditches and when that happens it washes the larva down steam," said mosquito control assistant director Randy Vaeth.
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