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DHH confirms two new West Nile virus deaths

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) confirms two new West Nile virus deaths to date. The fatalities occurred in Northwest Louisiana and the Capital Area region. It brings the total number of West Nile deaths to four so far this year.

DHH is also reporting 19 new West Nile virus infections of which six were neuroinvasive disease cases, bringing this year's total to 80 reported infections.

"We are still confirming newe human cases of West Nile virus in Louisiana," said DHH State Epidemiologist Dr. Raoult Ratard. "It is imperative that people protect themselves and their children from being bitten by mosquitos. That's the only way you can be sure that you become infected with West Nile virus or any other mosquito-borne diseases."

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