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  • First Louisiana West Nile death of the year

    July 25, 2014 7:36 AM

    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... more »
  • Human cases of West Nile becoming more prevalent capital city area

    July 9, 2014 6:58 PM

    Three human cases of West Nile were found Tuesday in Livingston Parish and as of Wednesday more than 30 cases have been reported in mosquitos. Experts at the East Baton Rouge Mosquito Abatement say they anticipate to see more human cases due to the amount of mosquitos that are... more »
  • Mosquito control forced to make cuts despite cases of West Nile

    July 8, 2014 10:45 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Mosquito control is cutting back since funds are running out despite three cases of West Nile in the parish. Voters vetoed a $3 million property tax in October to keep spraying the parish. Funds could be gone by next year. Jeanine Tessmer, the Mosquito Abatement Director,... more »
  • DHH reports first human cases of West Nile in 2014

    July 8, 2014 2:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The state Department of Health and Hospitals has reported the first human cases of West Nile virus in 2014. The three cases were confirmed in Livingston Parish and were all asymptomatic, meaning the individuals did not know they were infected. Asymptomatic individuals were never ill and... more »
  • West Nile Mosquito pools test positive

    June 23, 2014 6:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge officials have reported two mosquitoes pools found positive for West Nile, and West Baton Rouge reported only one positive test. Todd Walker, Director of Mosquito and Rodent Control, said they received the results on Friday and determined that two mosquito pools with West... more »
  • Mosquito control: Expect an "explosion" of mosquitoes Play Video

    February 28, 2014 5:16 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Mosquito experts say to expect an "explosion" of mosquitoes in Livingston Parish when mosquito control stops spraying in the parish in 2015. Livingston Parish Mosquito Abatement Director Jeanine Tessmer says mosquitoes will be everywhere when mosquito control closes its doors. "There will be nothing to... more »
  • Three dead from West Nile virus

    October 18, 2013 4:48 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has confirmed three new cases of West Nile virus and the state's third death this year from the virus. It's the second death this year in Rapides Parish from the virus. The three new cases are all dangerous infections of... more »
  • 3 new West Nile infections in La.

    October 11, 2013 7:54 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's health department says three new cases of West Nile virus reported this week bring the state's total this year to 48. Of the three new cases, one, in Lafayette, involves a serious brain and spinal cord infection. Two others involve less serious West Nile fever -... more »
  • Three new West Nile cases

    October 11, 2013 4:06 PM

    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... more »
  • Livingston Mosquito Abatement's future at risk Play Video

    October 4, 2013 4:22 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Livingston Parish Mosquito Abatement District officials fear that they'll fold if voters don't approve a 3-mill property tax on October 19. Mosquito Abatement Director Jeanine Tessmer says they spray daily in Livingston Parish to keep the pesky mosquito population at bay. They currently bill more than... more »
  • Surviving the West Nile Virus Play Video

    September 25, 2013 5:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One year after getting the West Nile virus, a local man is back on his feet. Russell Comeaux was diagnosed with the virus Oct. 26 of last year. He said what started out as a high fever ended up being a brush with death. "I... more »
  • DHH confirms 5 new West Nile virus cases in La.

    September 20, 2013 2:41 PM

    Baton Rouge- The state Department of Health and Hospitals has confirmed five new cases of the West Nile virus. This brings the year's total to 39. The new cases were confirmed in Caldwell, Lafayette, Rapides and Ouchita parishes. Humans contract West Nile when they are bitten by... more »
  • Mosquito abatement buzzing for tax Play Video

    September 16, 2013 10:36 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The mosquito abatement in Livingston Parish is warning people it might not have an income if a tax is denied next month. It's been voted down before, and will be up for decision a second time in October. "They spray at night, you can hear the... more »
  • DHH confirms three new west nile virus cases in La.

    September 13, 2013 2:23 PM

    Baton Rouge- The state Department of Health and Hospitals has confirmed three new West Nile virus cases this week, bringing this year's total number of cases to 34. The new cases include two cases of neuroinvasive disease, one from Livingston Parish and one from Rapides Parish. There was... more »
  • State's first death from West Nile reported Friday

    September 6, 2013 4:04 PM

    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... more »
  • DHH confirms 8 new cases of West Nile virus

    August 30, 2013 2:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Health and Hospitals reported eight new West Nile cases today, bringing the year's total number of cases to 21 so far. This new infections include four cases of neuroinvasive disease, which is the most dangerous form of the infection. One case each... more »
  • DHH: 4 new cases of West Nile virus

    August 23, 2013 1:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State health officials are reporting four new West Nile cases, bringing the 2013 total so far to 13. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals said Friday that this week's new infections include two cases of neuroinvasive disease, both from Ouachita Parish. That's the most serious type... more »
  • Mosquitoes carrying West Nile detected in EBR Play Video

    August 12, 2013 5:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile on the west side of East Baton Rouge Parish, according to parish mosquito abatement officials. However, they're telling people not to panic because it's nothing compared to last year. Only seven cases of West Nile have been reported... more »
  • DHH report: First human case of West Nile virus in 2013

    July 23, 2013 2:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - The state Department of Health and Hospitals has reported the state's first case of West Nile virus in a human in 2013. The case was confirmed July 22nd in Caldwell Parish and was determined to be a neuroinvasive disease. A neuroinvasive disease illness is... more »
  • Residents concerned after virus kills horse Play Video

    July 17, 2013 6:32 PM

    MAUREPAS - Maurepas residents are concerned about mosquitoes after a horse died of Eastern Equine Encephalitis. The horse also tested positive for West Nile Virus. Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. "It causes inflammation in the brain just like... more »
  • No cases of West Nile reported in Louisiana Play Video

    June 21, 2013 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There's good news for people in Louisiana fighting the bite; fewer mosquitoes are testing positive for West Nile Virus. This is normally the time of year when mosquitoes would test positive for the deadly disease. Mosquito control has 33 traps throughout East Baton Rouge Parish... more »
  • Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Play Video

    May 14, 2013 10:56 PM

    PORT ALLEN- Mosquitoes in traps in West Baton Rouge have tested positive for West Nile, the potentially dangerous disease carried by the bugs. The positive results were found earlier than usual. So, crews have started spraying parts of the parish, first focusing on areas where the bugs were found... more »
  • Mosquito trucks to spray for first time this season

    May 13, 2013 4:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mosquito trucks will hit the road spraying in East Baton Rouge Parish tonight for the first time this season. Mosquito abatement officials said the trucks will be out in south Baton Rouge around sundown this evening. Randy Vaeth with mosquito abatement said they usually go... more »
  • Mosquito fight more difficult in winter Play Video

    December 7, 2012 5:51 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Workers fighting the bite of mosquitoes in Livingston Parish are changing their tactics. The window to spray for mosquitoes has changed to from 4:30 p.m. until about 8:00 p.m. That's because sunset is around 5:04 p.m. this week. Livingston Parish Mosquito Abatement Director Jeanine Tessmel... more »
  • 15 new West Nile cases, 1 death this past week

    November 19, 2012 3:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The state health department says 15 new West Nile virus cases and one death from the virus have been reported in the past week. In addition, one patient's illness changed from flu-like West Nile fever to a dangerous "neuroinvasive" infection affecting the brain or spinal cord. State... more »
  • New cases of West Nile reported in Capital City area

    November 5, 2012 9:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Capital City and Livingston Parish were among the areas where two new neuroinvasive cases of West Nile have been found. Monday, Louisiana's health department confirms six new cases - two dangerous infections of the nervous system and four cases of flu-like West Nile fever. The neuroinvasive... more »
  • 13 West Nile virus deaths, 338 cases this year

    October 29, 2012 2:58 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The West Nile virus continues to infect and kill people in Louisiana's worst year since 2002. State health officials say people need to keep fighting mosquitoes. The health department says 139 people have come down with life-threatening neuroinvasive disease, and at least 13 of them have died.... more »
  • DHH: 9 new West Nile cases, 1 death

    October 12, 2012 4:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State health officials report one new West Nile virus death and nine new cases, bringing the total to 12 deaths this year and 312 cases. The Department of Health and Hospitals' weekly report shows five new neuroinvasive disease cases - the most serious type. Two were reported... more »
  • 25 new West Nile cases in La.

    October 5, 2012 4:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's health department says 25 new West Nile virus infections have been reported in the state this week, including seven that caused potentially fatal neuro-invasive disease, the most serious consequence of the mosquito-borne virus. The seven were reported in Ascension, Caddo, East Baton Rouge, Franklin, Grant and... more »
  • In past week 1 new death from West Nile

    September 21, 2012 6:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State health officials say in the past week one more person has died from the West Nile virus in Louisiana and the number of infections has risen to 251 for the year with 36 new cases reported. The death toll from the virus so far this year... more »
  • Mosquito problem in Livingston Parish Play Video

    September 21, 2012 4:52 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- Mosquitoes in Livingston Parish are on the attack. "Worst I've ever seen. They're really bad," says Wayne Sibley. Fighting those pesky bugs comes with a hefty price. Funding to support the parish abatement is low, because some people are not paying their abatement fees. "It... more »
  • 39 new West Nile cases reported in Louisiana

    September 15, 2012 3:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The number of West Nile virus infections in Louisiana has reached 215, with 39 new cases reported this past week. No new deaths were added in the latest report. The death toll from the virus so far this year stands at 10. Louisiana's health department says the... more »
  • Isaac may spark swarms of mosquitoes

    September 4, 2012 10:23 AM

    HOUMA - After Hurricane Isaac left a lot of water behind, south Louisiana residents may be dealing with swarms of mosquitoes. And with Louisiana experiencing the highest rate of West Nile virus infections in several years, state officials are warning residents to take precautions against mosquitoes. The Courier reports that... more »
  • DHH: 53 new West Nile cases, 3 deaths Play Video

    August 24, 2012 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Health and Hospitals said three more people died this week from the West Nile Virus, and 53 new cases were reported. That brings the year's total deaths to nine, the most in recent years according to DHH. The most was in 2002,... more »
  • 24 new cases of West Nile Virus reported in Louisiana Play Video

    August 18, 2012 7:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana has been hit hard by the West Nile virus. Twenty four new cases have been reported this week. 92 people have been infected and six have died from the mosquito borne disease statewide his year. It's the highest rate since 2002. Not all bites lead... more »
  • 24 new cases of West Nile announced

    August 17, 2012 2:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals reported 24 new cases of West Nile virus infections this week. No additional deaths from the virus have occurred, but six people have died so far this year. DHH has found a total of 92 cases of West... more »
  • Additional West Nile deaths reported

    August 10, 2012 4:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has reported an increase in West Nile Virus infections with 15 new cases and four deaths from the disease this year. DHH has seen the highest total of West Nile neuro-invasive diseases since 2006. Of the 68 cases... more »
  • 2 West Nile deaths reported in La.

    August 3, 2012 2:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two people have died in Louisiana as a result of West Nile Virus infections. Louisiana's health department confirmed this week's deaths, the first West Nile deaths in the state since 2008, when one person died. The health department also said the number of overall West Nile infections... more »
  • West Nile numbers could increase in state

    August 3, 2012 11:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The latest West Nile Virus numbers come out today, and could follow a recent trend showing an increase in outbreaks around Louisiana. So far in the state there are five human cases of West Nile Virus, 16 of which are the neuroinvasive form of the disease, the... more »
  • DHH confirms 19 new cases of West Nile Virus

    July 27, 2012 2:35 PM

    Baton Rouge-The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has confirmed 19 additional human cases of West Nile Virus, bringing this year's total to 33, which includes 13 new cases of the potentially deadly neuroinvasive disease (NID). The new NID cases were reported in Caddo, Concordia, East Baton Rouge, Jefferson,... more »
  • More mosquitoes with West Nile in Ascension Parish

    July 17, 2012 11:28 AM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish officials are warning residents to protect themselves from mosquitoes. David Matassa, director of the Ascension Parish Mosquito Control Department, said the number of mosquitoes with the West Nile virus in the parish is higher than last year at this time. There have been no... more »
  • Six new cases of West Nile Virus confirmed in La.

    July 13, 2012 2:15 PM

    The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) has confirmed six additional human cases of West Nile Virus, bringing this year's total to 10. The six new cases come from East Feliciana, Jefferson, Rapides, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes. Health officials characterize West Nile infections three ways: neuroinvasive,... more »
  • DHH confirms three new cases of West Nile Virus in La.

    July 6, 2012 2:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) has confirmed three additional human cases of West Nile Virus, one of them the potentially deadly neuroinvasive disease. The neuroinvasive disease case was an adult in Vernon Parish and the two adult asymptomatic cases were in Tangipahoa Parish.... more »
  • First case of West Nile reported in St. Bernard Parish

    June 22, 2012 11:00 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals reported Louisiana's first case of West Nile virus in humans was in St. Bernard Parish. DHH said the case was asymptomatic, meaning the person had no sign of illness. Health officials characterize West Nile infections in three ways:... more »
  • West Nile Virus found in the area

    June 13, 2012 10:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus have been found in several local parishes, according to mosquito abatement workers. The East Baton Rouge Parish Mosquito Abatement office says virus-carrying bugs were found in East Baton Rouge Parish, West Baton Rouge Parish, Livington Parish, Tangipahoa Parish, St. Tammany Parish,... more »
  • West Nile: It only takes 1 mosquito

    February 2, 2012 2:18 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Low numbers of mosquitoes won't protect you from West Nile virus in Calcasieu Parish. The state Office of Public Health says that although drought kept the mosquito population down in Calcasieu last year, two people came down with encephalitis or meningitis from the virus. A report in... more »
  • DHH confirms 2 new cases of West Nile virus

    October 21, 2011 2:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La.- State health regulators have confirmed two new cases of West Nile virus, bringing this year's total to 12. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals on Friday said both new cases are from St. Tammany Parish. One of the new cases is neuroinvasive disease, which... more »
  • DHH confirms 1 new case of West Nile virus

    September 23, 2011 4:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's health department says a West Nile virus case in Calcasieu Parish is the tenth diagnosed statewide this year and the fifth dangerous infection of the brain or spinal cord. The Department of Health and Hospitals says the last dangerous "neuroinvasive" case to be diagnosed also... more »
  • DHH confirms new case of West Nile virus

    September 16, 2011 4:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Health officials reported today another case of West Nile virus had been found in western Louisiana, bringing the year's total up to nine reported cases so far. According to Department of Health and Hospitals spokesperson Lisa Faust, the new case was reported in Calcasieu Parish and... more »
  • DHH reports four new cases of West Nile in LA

    September 2, 2011 3:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals confirmed four new human cases of West Nile Virus today, bringing this year's total to eight. The four new cases are from Washington, Vernon and Tangipahoa parishes and include Louisiana's first cases this year of neuroinvasive disease. Health officials... more »
  • DHH reports new West Nile case in EBR Parish

    August 24, 2011 3:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Health officials reported today another case of West Nile virus had been found in Louisiana, bringing the year's total up to four reported cases so far. Lisa Faust, a spokesperson with the Department of Health and Hospitals, said in a press release that the new case... more »
  • West Nile virus found in St. Charles Parish

    August 13, 2011 11:39 AM

    KILLONA, La.- St. Charles Parish officials say a mosquito sample turned up with the dangerous West Nile virus. The parish says its mosquito control teams are increasing spraying and taking other measures to knock down the mosquito population. Because birds and mosquitoes throughout Louisiana carry the virus, the... more »
  • Drought dries up mosquito problem in EBR

    May 31, 2011 10:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Pesky mosquitoes are being zapped by a drought. The dry conditions are drying up opportunities for the insects to increase. East Baton Rouge Parish Entomologist Randy Vaeth said, "There's not many places for mosquitoes to breed. They're laying their eggs wherever they can so wherever there's water... more »
  • New case of West Nile Virus reported in Ascension Parish

    November 5, 2010 10:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A new human case of West Nile Virus has been confirmed in Louisiana, this time in Ascension Parish. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals said the case is also the most severe form of West Nile infection, called neuroinvasive. It typically results in a swelling of... more »
  • Patient in EBR one of two new West Nile cases

    October 28, 2010 12:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Two new cases of West Nile in South Louisiana, bring the total number of cases to 31. Two new people are sick in East Baton Rouge and Iberia Parishes. This year West Nile Virus in Louisiana is most prevalent in East Baton Rouge parish, with 14 cases. Of... more »
  • Two new cases of West Nile in Baton Rouge area

    October 15, 2010 12:49 PM

    State health officials have confirmed two more people have contracted West Nile Virus in the Baton Rouge area. According to the Department of Health and Hospitals, the two new cases are from East Baton Rogue and West Baton Rouge parishes. The case in East Baton Rouge is the most severe... more »
  • State sees increase in West Nile cases

    October 7, 2010 1:48 PM

    Louisiana has had more West Nile virus diagnoses - and more serious infections - so far this year than in all of 2009. Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals says cases in Iberia and Vermilion parishes bring this year's total to 27 - 12 in East Baton Rouge Parish and... more »
  • Two new confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in La.

    September 24, 2010 5:49 PM

    There are two new human cases of West Nile Virus, bringing this year’s total to 25, according to The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. The cases come from Iberia and St. Tammany Parishes and are reported in DHH’s weekly Louisiana Arbovirus Surveillance Summary, which can be found in the... more »
  • DHH: 4 new confirmed cases of West Nile virus

    September 18, 2010 9:59 AM

    State health officials have confirmed four new human cases of West Nile virus, bringing this year's total to 23. West Nile infections are characterized in three ways: neuroinvasive, West Nile fever and asymptomatic. All four new cases reported were neuroinvasive disease, with three from East Baton Rouge Parish and one... more »
  • 7 new cases of West Nile in Louisiana

    September 3, 2010 2:19 PM

    The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has confirmed seven new human cases of West Nile Virus. The new cases come from East Baton Rouge and Ascension Parishes, bringing this year's total to 19 statewide. Eighteen of the 19 cases have come from East Baton Rouge and Ascension... more »
  • West Nile Virus activity increasing

    August 4, 2010 10:44 AM

    Cases of the West Nile Virus continues to rise in the Greater Baton Rouge Area. Three cases of West Nile have been confirmed in the area over the last several weeks, one in East Baton Rouge Parish and two in Ascension Parish. Officials say people should continue to... more »
  • 2 more human West Nile cases in La.

    July 24, 2010 4:11 PM

    Two new human cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed in Ascension Parish, bringing 2010's statewide total to three. The Department of Health and Hospitals says one of the latest cases was neuroinvasive - meaning a severe illness typically resulting in brain or spinal cord swelling. The other... more »
  • CDC: West Nile virus illness continue to decline

    July 1, 2010 11:37 AM

    Last year's West Nile virus season was the mildest in eight years, and just one case of serious illness has been reported so far this year. U.S. health officials on Thursday said 386 cases of severe West Nile illness and 33 deaths were reported last year. That's a far... more »

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