BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals confirmed one new case of West Nile Virus during the week, which brings the total to 55 cases on the year for Louisiana.
The DHH also confirmed two more deaths due to the virus, bringing the total up to four in 2015. The deaths occurred in districts 4, 2, 7, and 9. A map of the DHH district system can be found HERE.
"There should be a continued level of concern if you are outdoors or if your house is not adequately protected from mosquitoes," said DHH State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry. "Even though the weather is getting cooler, we should continue to protect ourselves against infections. West Nile Virus cases have been reported as late in the year as December."
Health officials say that a very small number of people infected with West Nile show symptoms of a more severe strain of the disease. Those who are at least 65 years old are at higher risk for complications, but everyone is at risk for infection.
The DHH releases weekly reports on the West Nile virus online at their website HERE.