29 cases of West Nile reported in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Health officials have confirmed 29 new cases of West Nile Virus in Louisiana.

Eleven of the new cases are neuroinvasive, including one in East Baton Rouge, one in East Feliciana and one in Tangipahoa.

The neuroinvasive form of the virus can cause death, paralysis and brain damage.

Fifteen of the cases are the milder West Nile Fever, which is similar to the flu.

Three of the reported cases were asymptomatic.  Asymptomatic cases are usually discovered through blood donations or during other routine blood tests.

West Nile Virus is spread by mosquitos infected with the virus.

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