Louisiana leading the nation in West Nile cases
Posted on 8/23/2018 5:36:00 AM.
State health officials are urging residents to take precautions against mosquitoes bites. This coming on the news the state has the most human cases of the West Nile virus in the country this year with 53 human cases, including two deaths. State Epidemiologist Dr. Raoult Ratard says the number of cases can vary from year to year.
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Insect population may be lower this summer due to a very cold winter
Posted on 1/14/2018 3:00:00 AM.

It’s been a colder than normal winter to say the least in Louisiana and it might affect the insect population this summer. LSU Entomology Professor Timothy Schowalter says many tropical species in Louisiana are at the edge of the areas they normally inhabit and says the sudden cold weather didn’t help them.

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LDH: 305,000 enrolled in expanded Medicaid program
Posted on 9/19/2016 3:06:00 PM.

More than 300,000 people have signed up for Medicaid expansion in Louisiana since coverage began on July 1st. Louisiana Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee says this program is already saving lives. She says so far, 1,000 mammograms have been completed.

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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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Two new Zika cases confirmed in Louisiana
Posted on 4/6/2016 1:40:00 PM.

Two new Zika cases have been confirmed in Louisiana, bringing the total number to four – but DHH says they are all okay. Medical Director for the Louisiana Center for Community Preparedness, Dr. Frank Welch says this Zika confirmation is really a few weeks late, because the tests had to be sent to the Center for Disease Control for confirmation.

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Flooding raises concerns about mosquitoes
Posted on 3/18/2016 1:36:00 PM.

All the flood waters are bringing in more mosquitoes and health officials are urging folks to make sure they are taking precautions. Dr. Frank Welch with the Department of Health and Hospitals says this is typical for this time of year, but the flooding makes it worse.

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Rain, warm temperatures keeping mosquitoes around
Posted on 11/11/2015 10:42:00 AM.
 We're well into November but, apparently, no one has told the mosquitoes.  There are an unusual high number of mosquitoes being seen buzzing around for this time of year.  
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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.
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Red River flooding raises mosquito concerns
Posted on 6/11/2015 3:10:00 AM.
The rising waters of the Red River have some concerned that could lead to a higher number of mosquitoes this summer.  LSU AgCenter Entomologist Kristin Healy says any time you get more water, you get more mosquitoes.  
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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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