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3 New La. West Nile Cases, 1 Serious

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BATON ROUGE, La. –Louisiana Department of Health and Hospital has confirmed three additional human cases of the West Nile Virus, and one of them has the potentially deadly neuro-invasive disease.

The neuro-invasive disease case is an adult in Vernon Parish. The other infected adults are in Tangipahoa Parish.

A neuro-invasive illness is severe and typically results in a swelling of the brain or spinal cord.

Only a very small number of infected individuals will show the serious symptoms that come with the disease.

Louisiana has experienced a total of four West Nile Virus cases this year.

DHH Says Protect Yourself 

  • If you will be outside, you should wear a mosquito repellent containing 20 - 30 percent DEET for adults and no more than 10 percent for children.
  • Apply repellent on exposed skin and clothing. Do not apply under your clothes or on broken skin.
  • To apply repellent to your face, spray on your hands and then rub on your face.
  • Adults should always apply repellent to children.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when outdoors for long periods of time.
  • Avoid perfumes and colognes when outdoors for extended periods of time.
  • Make sure that your house has tight-fitting windows and doors, and that all screens are free of holes.  

For more tips and information, visit http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov.

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