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West Nile on the rise

2 years ago December 03, 2012 Dec 3, 2012 Monday, December 03 2012 Monday, December 03, 2012 4:55:28 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ

CENTRAL- Mosquitoes are still on the attack despite the change in season, and West Nile Virus is still a big factor in the state because of that.

Last week DHH reported 11 new cases, bringing the state's total to 382 this year with 17 deaths.

Cases were found in Saint Helena and East Feliciana Parishes. East Baton Rouge Parish dodged the bullet, but mosquito abatement workers say they're still on alert.

Central resident Wayne Stokes says his neighbor died in August after contracting West Nile Virus.

"Usually by now a little bit colder weather has set in, mosquitoes are more dormant and I know last night there were still mosquitoes out here," said Stokes.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Mosquito Abatement says its not taking any chances.

"We're always waiting for the results. Submitting mosquito pools for surveillance every week. With weather like this, we may have to respond quickly to another bunch of mosquitoes testing positives," said Randy Vaeth with the mosquito abatement.

Health experts say if you're going to be outside, it's still important to protect yourself with mosquito repellent containing DEET.

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