Three new West Nile cases confirmed in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) has confirmed three new West Nile virus cases this week, bringing this year's total number of cases to 34.

This week's new infections include two cases of neuroinvasive disease, with one case each from Livingston and Rapides parishes and one case of West Nile fever from St. Martin Parish.

Last year, Louisiana reported 160 cases of West Nile virus neuroinvasive disease in the state, which is down from 2002's high of 204 cases of West Nile virus neuroinvasive disease.

This year, Ouachita Parish has reported nine cases of neuroinvasive disease, Caldwell, Lafayette and Rapides parishes each have two cases, and Calcasieu, Livingston and St. Tammany parishes each have one case of neuroinvasive disease. The state has reported one West Nile virus death so far this year.