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State's first death from West Nile reported Friday

3 years 8 months 2 weeks ago September 06, 2013 Sep 6, 2013 Friday, September 06 2013 September 06, 2013 3:04 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

ALEXANDRIA- State health officials announced Friday, the first death in Louisiana connected to West Nile.

A person in Rapides Parish got sick and died. Specific details about the victim were not released.

Also this week, ten more people contracted the virus. Now, 31 people are sick from West Nile. None of the new cases are in the Baton Rouge area.

"The state's first death is a reminder of how serious this disease is," said State Epidemiologist, Dr. Raoult Ratard. "We all need to take the necessary steps to protect ourselves and our families."

Humans contract West Nile when they are bitten by mosquitoes infected with the virus.
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