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Published On: Mon, Aug 12th, 2013

Louisiana’s West Nile virus case count up to eight

With the addition of seven cases of West Nile virus last week, the officials case count is now at eight in Louisiana, according to The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH).

However, health officials point out that during the same period last year, the Bayou State had already recorded 53 cases.

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The state may be off to a slow start this West Nile season, but health officials warn residents not to let their guard down.

“Whether there are lots of cases or just a few, as long as there are mosquitos, there is always a risk of becoming infected,” said J.T. Lane Assistant Secretary for Public Health. “We urge people not to become complacent.”

The seven new cases included  two new neuroinvasive disease cases , with one case each reported from Calcasieu and Ouachita parishes.

There are four West Nile fever cases, with one case each reported from Ascension and St. Tammany parishes and two cases from Lafayette parish. In addition, there was one asymptomatic case reported, from St. Tammany Parish.

Dr. Raoult Ratard, State Epidemiologist, recommends that all citizens take precautions to protect themselves.

“Louisiana residents can take some simple steps to protect themselves, their families and their homes from mosquitos, which spread West Nile virus to humans when they bite,” Dr. Ratard said. “You should protect yourself by wearing mosquito repellant and covering your skin. You can also protect your home and those around you by eliminating standing water around your home so that mosquitos do not have a place to breed.”

Last year, Louisiana saw 160 cases of West Nile virus neuroinvasive disease in the state.

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