BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) confirmed 15 new cases of West Nile virus, five of which were neuroinvasive disease infections. It brings the total to 118 reported infections. There were no new deaths reported this week.
Three of those neuroinvasive cases were in Ascension , East Baton Rouge Parish , and Point Coupee. There were nine new cases of West Nile fever including five in East Baton Rouge.
"During the fall, thousands of Louisiana residents head outside for athletic events, especially college football games. Before hitting the field or heading to a tailgate, we encourage residents to use mosquito repellent and to wear long sleeves and pants," said DHH State Epidemiologist Dr. Raoult Ratard. "The best way to fight the bite is by being proactive. Keep mosquito repellent in your car or bag so that you have it with you when you need it most."