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West Nile: Two Cases In Rapides

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ALEXANDRIA, La. - There are now six new cases of the West Nile virus in Louisiana Friday.

The latest numbers include two in Rapides Parish.

It brings the number of confirmed cases to 10 across the state. 

One of the cases here locally is neuroinvasive, meaning it is a severe case that can lead to brain and spinal cord swelling.

The DHH says the wet weather is the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

What are the symptoms of West Nile virus infection?

Symptoms generally occur 3-14 days following the bite of an infected mosquito.

No Symptoms in Most People
Most people 80% who are infected have no symptoms or may experience mild illness before fully recovering.

Mild Symptoms in Some People
Up to 20% who are infected have symptoms which can include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, and less frequently skin rash on chest, stomach and back, sometimes swollen lymph glands or eye pain.

Serious Symptoms in Few People
Less than 1% of individuals infected, particularly the elderly can develop serious disease that affects the nervous system. Symptoms range from severe headache, high fever, stiff neck, disorientation, muscle weakness, numbness, tremors, vision loss, coma, or paralysis. These symptoms last several weeks and neurological effects may be permanent or even fatal.

Who is at risk of West Nile virus infection?
 
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