Blue Bell recalls everything; no known Listeria cases in Louisiana
Posted on 4/21/2015 1:42:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
Blue Bell Ice Cream has recalled every single one of its products everywhere on continued threats of a Listeria Bacteria. Authorities now believe there are 10 listeria illnesses linked to the ice cream over the last 5 years. State Epidemiologist Dr. Raoult Ratard says once the CDC put two and two together with these sicknesses, the company has to act.
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Louisiana reports its first West Nile virus death of 2014
Posted on 7/25/2014 1:11:00 PM.
State health officials say a man from Caddo Parish has died from the West Nile Virus. The department of health and hospitals is not providing many details about the victim, citing confidentiality rules, but they can say the individual was between 60 and 74 years. State Epidemiologist Raoult Ratard says this is a reminder West Nile can be fatal.
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Late start to west nile season
Posted on 7/8/2014 5:56:00 PM.
Louisiana is seeing its first human cases of the west nile virus this year. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has discovered three cases so far, all in Livingston parish. State Epidemiologist Dr. Raoult Ratard says the three cases were Asymptomatic, meaning they were not showing symptoms of the virus... 

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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.
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DHH Confirms First Human Case of West Nile
Posted on 7/23/2013 3:51:00 PM.
The state Department of Health & Hospitals confirms the first human case of West Nile virus this year. The patient is a resident of Caldwell Parish, and reportedly has the more serious neuroinvasive form of the disease, West Nile Encephalitis. State Epidemiologist Dr. Raoult Ratard says this has been a slow West Nile season.
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