Three new West Nile cases
BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Health and Hospitals confirmed three new West Nile virus cases this week, including one case of the potentially-deadly form of infection.
Health officials said the infections included one neuroinvasive case in Lafayette and two other infections from Ouachita and Morehouse parishes. Those bring the state's total number of cases up to 48 for the year so far.
The neuroinvasive form of West Nile infection attacks the brain and spinal cord, and can lead to brain damage, paralysis or death. Health officials said they make up a very small number of total West Nile infections. Milder forms of infection can result in flu-like symptoms, or no symptoms at all.
More information on preventing West Nile infection can be found on DHH's website.