West Nile virus strikes in southeastern Louisiana

Five neuroinvasive cases, including on the Northshore

Chris Miller
August 20, 2019 - 2:09 pm

The Louisiana Department of Health is reporting the first human cases of West Nile virus this year. It includes some cases of the most serious neuroinvasive variety -- one in St. Tammany Parish, two in Washington Parish, and a case each in Livingston Parish and East Baton Rouge parishes.

Two cases of West Nile fever have been diagnosed in Washington and East Baton Rouge parishes.

Additionally, health officials caught two asymptomatic cases of West Nile from individuals who gave blood in Washington and Caddo parishes.

Most people who contract the West Nile virus never know it. Asymptomatic cases usually come to health offcials' attention through blood donations or other routine medical exams.

These nine cases are the first this year. The state health department says there were 53 cases this time last year.

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