BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Department of Health and Hospitals is reporting one death and five new cases of the West Nile Virus including three neuroinvasive disease cases in Franklin, Lafourche, and St. Charles parishes.
The death occurred in Region 3 which includes Assumption, St. James, St. John, St. Charles, Lafourche, Terrebonne, and St. Mary Parishes.
"News coverage has been dominated by concern for Ebola, but it is so important to remember that West Nile virus is a very present threat in Louisiana, especially for our loved ones who may have weak immune systems because of an existing medical condition or because of age," said DHH State Epidemiologist Dr. Raoult Ratard. "Even a short time outside, particularly during dusk or dawn, may pose a risk of infection. It only takes one mosquito bite from an infected mosquito to cause serious medical complications for an individual. It can't be repeated enough that long sleeves and pants, plus mosquito repellent are the best ways to fight the bite."