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Louisiana reports 9 human cases of West Nile Virus

These are the first human cases in 2019
Posted at 1:58 PM, Aug 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-20 14:58:54-04

The Louisiana Department of Health is reporting the first human cases of West Nile virus in the state for 2019.

Nine cases have been reported in five Louisiana parishes.

  • Five cases of neuroinvasive disease: two cases in Washington Parish and one case each in St. Tammany, East Baton Rouge, and Livingston parishes
  • Two cases of West Nile Fever: one case each in East Baton Rouge and Washington parishes
  • Two asymptomatic cases: both cases, one in Caddo Parish and one in Washington Parish, were diagnosed because of a blood donation.

At this time last year, The department had reported 53 West Nile virus cases in the state.

For more on the reported cases from the Department of Health, click here.