State confirms 1st West Nile death of the year
Posted on 9/6/2013 2:18:00 PM.
Louisiana health officials say a person in Rapides Parish has died as a result of the West Nile Virus. It's the state's first death from the mosquito-borne disease this year. LSU public health entomologist Kristen Healey has a warning for residents, September is one of the worst months for mosquitoes.
"We do have concerns about the fall in terms of West Nile Virus," Healey said. "We do see our peak activity in September."
Healey says one mosquito that can be problematic around the home is the Asian tiger mosquito. 
"It loves living close to where humans dwell, so it prefers to lay eggs in containers in our backyards, bites humans, bites during the day." 
Healey if you're going to be outside, mosquito repellent is a must.
West Nile Virus, Rapides Parish, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals

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