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  • Mosquito plane flies in Baton Rouge tonight

    July 22, 2015 4:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A mosquito plane will be circling parts of the city and unincorporated areas Wednesday night. The mosquito control agency announced aerial spraying in Baker, North Baton Rouge, and parts of Southdowns and Kenilworth - in that area, the plane will spray above Perkins Road to Kenilworth.... more »
  • One sick in Capital Region with West Nile

    July 17, 2015 9:59 PM

    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... more »
  • No West Nile in EBR yet Play Video

    June 26, 2015 5:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control told News Two, lab results that were released Friday show there are no mosquitoes that have tested positive for the West Nile virus. "We're happy this year but we're not letting our guard down," said Randy Vaeth,... more »
  • Mosquito population explodes

    April 22, 2015 7:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Standing water left behind by last weeks rain is causing the mosquito population to explode. The major concern is West Nile Virus. So parishes with mosquito control workers are out in force this week. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the virus shows no... more »
  • DHH warns April showers can lead to heavier West Nile season

    April 22, 2015 11:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Health officials warned people in Louisiana to prepare for a heavy mosquito season after all the rain that poured into the state this month. The Department of Health and Hospitals said the frequent April showers left behind lots of standing water. They recommended people check their... more »
  • 2 new West Nile cases in Louisiana

    October 17, 2014 6:56 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's health department says two new cases of West Nile virus infections were reported in the state this week. One case was in Caddo Parish; the other, in East Baton Rouge Parish. West Nile can involve a serious and potentially fatal infection of the brain and spinal... more »
  • Livingston Mosquito Abatement shutting down Play Video

    October 16, 2014 3:36 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Mosquito abatement in Livingston Parish will come to an end sometime next week. The program is running out of money after voters struck down a fee that would have tacked on to property taxes. Mosquito Abatement Director Jeanine Tessmer says drivers will spray until the chemicals... more »
  • La. reports 5 West Nile cases, 1 chikungunya case

    October 4, 2014 7:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - The state health department confirms five new cases of West Nile Virus in Louisiana, bringing this year's total to 123 reported infections. The Department of Health and Hospitals said Friday the new infections include one case of serious neuroinvasive disease in East Baton Rouge Parish. There... more »
  • Capital region has most of new West Nile cases

    September 26, 2014 8:55 PM

    GONZALES- A new case of West Nile in Ascension Parish is among the 15 total new cases state-wide the health department released Friday. The additional cases bring the year's total to 118 reported infections. The Department of Health and Hospitals said the new infections include five of the more... more »
  • Officials think West Nile is killing birds Play Video

    September 22, 2014 3:37 AM

    THIBODAUX - Officials in Lafourche Parish are asking residents to report dead birds. The request is tied to concerns about West Nile virus, which can be carried by birds. Authorities say residents should exercise caution around dead birds and report them to the parish mosquito control department at 985-580-1629... more »
  • DHH: One death and 11 new cases of West Nile virus

    September 19, 2014 5:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State health officials reports one new West Nile virus death out of 11 news cases in the state. Officials say the new cases bring this year's total to 103 cases. According to the report the death in DHH Region 3 which encompasses St. Mary, St. James,... more »
  • 12 new West Nile virus infections in Louisiana

    September 12, 2014 6:35 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's health department says 12 new West Nile virus infections in the state bring the year's total to 92. Three of the cases diagnosed this week are dangerous infections of the nervous system, bringing that total to 41. The state already had surpassed last year's total of... more »
  • DHH: 2 new West Nile deaths in the state

    September 5, 2014 10:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State health officials report two new West Nile virus deaths in the Capital Area Region and in Northwest Louisiana. Officials also reported nineteen new cases, bringing this year's total to 80 cases. The Department of Health and Hospitals' weekly report shows six new neuroinvasive disease cases... more »
  • DHH: 5 of 9 new West Nile cases in Baton Rouge

    August 29, 2014 5:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State health officials added another 9 confirmed cases of West Nile virus this week, including five new cases of the neuroinvasive disease type all reported in East Baton Rouge. The new numbers bring the total number of Louisiana cases this year to 61 with the other... more »
  • DHH: 10 new West Nile cases in state

    August 22, 2014 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State health officials added another 10 confirmed cases of West Nile virus this week, including seven new cases of the neuroinvasive disease type in East Baton Rouge, Ouachita and Ascension parishes. The new numbers bring the total number of Louisiana cases this year to 52 with... more »
  • Miss. officials: 2 new cases of West Nile virus

    August 19, 2014 2:05 AM

    JACKSON, MI - State health officials say two more Mississippians have been infected with West Nile Virus. The state Department of Health said Monday that a Hinds County resident and a Rankin County resident have confirmed cases. So far this year, nine cases of West Nile have been reported, including... more »
  • DHH confirms 13 new cases of West Nile in Louisiana

    August 15, 2014 3:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Health officials confirmed 13 new case of West Nile in the state Friday. The Department of Health and Hospitals reported multiple cases in East Baton Rouge, Ascension, Caddo, Calcasieu and Livingston. Officials say the 13 new cases were reported in the state's latest surveillance report, bringing... more »
  • Second West Nile death confirmed in La.

    August 8, 2014 4:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State health officials confirmed that a second person has died due to the West Nile virus in Louisiana. The Department of Health and Hospitals said the victim was older than 75 and lived in the capital region. DHH said 14 new cases were also reported... more »
  • 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 »

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