7 individuals diagnosed with West Nile Virus this month in Louisiana
Posted on 7/26/2017 5:56:00 PM.

West Nile activity is picking up in Louisiana as the state Office of Public Health says seven individuals have been diagnosed with the mosquito borne disease this month. Three cases have been reported in the Baton Rouge area and the others are in in Bossier, Ouachita, Rapides and Morehouse.

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Louisiana at increased risk for West Nile after flooding
Posted on 8/18/2016 1:49:00 AM.

The massive flooding in south Louisiana now poses an increased risk for West Nile. That’s according to the State Medical Director for the Center of Community Preparedness, Dr. Frank Welch, who says in the short-term, flooding washes away mosquitoes and their larvae, but floods leave standing water, which allows mosquitoes to breed and the population to grow quickly.

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DHH confirms 20 reported cases of West Nile this year
Posted on 8/20/2015 1:00:00 PM.

The State Department of Health and Hospitals confirms 20 cases of West Nile virus so far this summer. State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry says of these cases, 10 have been neuroinvasive disease, two have been West Nile fever and eight were asymptomatic. Guidry urges people to always wear mosquito repellent when outdoors and take preventative measures to keep the pests out of your yard.

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LSU doctoral candidate has unique idea for mosquito control
Posted on 2/19/2015 4:04:00 AM.
A doctoral candidate in LSU's College of Engineering believes he's come up with a unique way to control mosquito-borne diseases.  Charles Malveaux's idea is to use drones for mosquito control.
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DHH reports state's second death from West Nile virus
Posted on 8/8/2014 6:56:00 PM.
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals confirms the state's second West Nile virus death this year.  The death occurred in the Capital Area Region 2 which consists of East and West Feliciana, East and West Baton Rouge, Pointe Coupee, Iberville Parish and Ascension Parishes.
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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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Third west nile death for 2013 reported
Posted on 10/18/2013 5:00:00 PM.
Louisiana's health department says the number of people who have died from West Nile this year is up to three. The latest death is from Rapides Parish and its the second death this year from Rapides.
There's been a total of 51 cases this year. 
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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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West Nile Mosquito Season Off to a Slow Start in Louisiana
Posted on 6/30/2013 8:17:00 AM.
State Health officials say mosquito-borne West Nile virus activity has been slow so far, a good indicator of a low-infection season. State Epidemiologist Dr. Raoul Ratard says a long, cool Spring has kept mosquito activity low, with only a few reported cases of West Nile.
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