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.
Medical Director for the Office of Public Health in central Louisiana, David Holcombe, says there are now 29 cases of West Nile in Louisiana.
"It still has not reached levels that were present in 2002 or 2012 in the same period."
Not much is known about the latest victim other than it was a person over the age of 75. The state's first death from West Nile was reported in Caddo Parish last month. Holcombe says to protect yourself from West Nile, you must protect yourself from mosquitoes.
"You avoid going out at dawn and dusk. You wear long sleeves, if you can tolerate it. You wear Deet or some sort of mosquito repellent."
DHH reports 14 new cases of West Nile, bringing the state total to 29. Holcombe says you should also protect your home from mosquitoes should eliminate standing water or any area where mosquitoes could breed. He says the threat of West Nile and mosquitoes will last, at least, until we get cold weather.
"And so you may have some cases that'll pop up still in September or even October. And then it tends to drop off very precipitously."