La. reports 5 West Nile cases, 1 chikungunya case
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 were also two less serious cases of West Nile Fever in East Baton Rouge Parish and one in Iberville Parish. There was also a new asymptomatic case reported in Caddo Parish.
No deaths were reported, leaving the state's count at five.
The state also reported a new case of chikungunya (chih-kihn-GUHN'-yuh) fever but none of dengue (den-GEE) fever. The person with chikungunya contracted it in the Virgin Islands. So far this year, Louisiana has reported 11 cases of chikungunya and two cases of dengue.
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