The latest from Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals.
Friday, October 19, 2012 | Contact: Bureau of Media & Communications (225) 342-1532
Baton Rouge—State health officials today confirmed nine new West Nile virus cases, urging Louisiana residents to continue to protect their health and Fight the Bite. No West Nile deaths occurred this week.
The State is experiencing its most active year for West Nile since 2002, which was the major outbreak year of the virus in Louisiana. So far, there have been 321 cases and 12 deaths from the disease reported this year.
There are four new neuroinvasive disease cases reported this week, with one case each reported from East Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Terrebonne and Tangipahoa parishes. Three of these are newly reported cases, and one is a previously reported case that progressed into neuroinvasive disease.
There are five new West Nile Fever cases, with one case each reported from Beauregard, Bossier, East Baton Rouge, Iberia and Pointe Coupee parishes.
There was one new asymptomatic case reported this week, from Vernon Parish.
DHH issues a weekly Arbovirus Surveillance Report that details cases detected thus far by parish, which is published here.
Louisiana Arbovirus Surveillance Summary 2012