Posted: Aug 4, 2010 3:30 PM by Melissa Canone
Updated: Aug 4, 2010 4:08 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's health department confirms
three new cases of West Nile virus - two serious infections that
can damage the brain or spinal cord, and one without any symptoms.
The Department of Health and Hospitals says that brings the
year's total so far to three serious infections and three without
symptoms. Those cases are diagnosed when people donate blood or
have blood tests for other reasons.
DHH says the new serious infections were reported in East Baton
Rouge and Ascension parishes. The earlier serious infection also
was in Ascension.
The new case without symptoms was in Red River Parish. Earlier
cases were in East Baton Rouge and Ascension parishes.
Because the virus is established statewide, the health
department urges people to take precautions against mosquito bites.