Alexandria man dies from West Nile Virus, health officials urge caution
Posted on 8/12/2017 5:30:00 AM.

An Alexandria man has died after contracting the West Nile Virus, and health officials are urging the public to protect themselves against mosquitos. Dr. David Holcombe with the Office of Public Health says the virus is transmitted by household mosquitos that are common in Louisiana. But there are ways people can keep the pesky bugs away.
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LDH confirms more cases of mosquito-borne illness
Posted on 8/30/2016 12:24:00 PM.

The state Department of Health has confirmed more mosquito-borne illnesses in Louisiana, including Zika and West Nile Virus. Louisiana Medical Director for the Center for Community Preparedness, Dr. Frank Welch, says there have been 14 cases of West Nile Virus so far this year. But he says these cases are not flood related.
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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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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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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.
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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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