Baton Rouge, LA(KSLA)— Louisiana now has two new confirmed human cases of the West Nile Virus. The announcement,made by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, has confirmed two new human cases of West Nile Virus, bringing this year's total to three. Both new cases are from Ascension Parish, LA.
About 90 percent of all West Nile cases are asymptomatic, while about 10 percent will develop West Nile fever. The West Nile fever is less severe, with most people only suffering mild, flu-like symptoms. Most of the reported cases are that of asymptomatic individuals who were never ill and were only discovered to have the West Nile virus in their blood when blood work was done for some other reason, such as blood donation.
Only a very small number of infected individuals will show the serious symptoms associated with the neuroinvasive disease. Residents who are 65 years old and older are at higher risk for complications, but everyone is at risk for infection.
West Nile Virus is spread to humans through mosquito bites. The Department of Health and Hospitals encourages residents to take precautions to protect themselves.