DHH confirms second West Nile death in Louisiana this year
Posted on 9/30/2015 11:36:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
The state Department of Health and Hospitals confirms a second death this year from the West Nile Virus. State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry says there are now 54 confirmed cases in 2015 and 2 deaths, compared to 123 cases and 5 deaths the prior year.

He says even as we move into October, the threat of infected mosquitoes is still there.

"In Louisiana, because of the warm weather, we'll see them well into the end of the year," says Guidry. "There are a lot of games left and we're spending a lot of time outside...just spray on that mosquito repellent."

Guidry says the latest West Nile death is out of the Baton Rouge area. He says about 90 percent of the cases they see are asymptomatic, but about 10 percent will develop West Nile Fever.

"People who have low immune response, people over 65 and young kids are at highest risk," said Guidry.

Guidry says less than a percent of people bitten by an infected mosquito will develop the more serious form of the disease, but anyone can get West Nile. 

He says it's important to protect yourself from mosquitoes at least until the end of the year.

"A cool front may come through and we won't see as many mosquitoes, but we all know from being out there that mosquitoes are active well into December," said Guidry.
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