Number of West Nile cases well below last year
Posted on 9/2/2013 7:34:00 AM.
The number of West Nile cases has reached 21 in Louisiana. That's according to the Department of Health and Hospitals who says ten of the 21 cases are the more serious form of the disease which can cause brain damage, paralysis or death.
Last year, Louisiana reported 160 cases of West Nile virus neuroinvasive disease.
State epidemiologist Raoult Ratard says its doubtful the state will come close to that number this year, but there's a good chance we'll see a few more cases.
"It really depends on the outside temperature, but by the middle of December the West Nile season is almost gone." 
Ratard says during the next couple of months citizens should continue to take precautions to protect themselves from mosquito bites. 
"Long pants, long sleeves, if its not too hot, if its too hot then use mosquito propellent."

West Nile Virus, Raoult Ratard

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