BATON ROUGE, LA (KSLA) –The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has confirmed three new cases of the West Nile Virus.
According to DHH, the latest cases bring the year's total to nine. Reportedly, the three new cases come from East Baton Rouge and Ascension parishes.
Health officials characterize West Nile infections three ways: neuroinvasive, West Nile fever and asymptomatic.
So far this year, according to DHH, Louisiana has recorded three cases of the more serious neuroinvasive disease, which officials say is the more severe case and typically results in a swelling of the brain or spinal cord.
West Nile Virus is spread to humans through mosquito bites. DHH encourages residents to take precautions to protect themselves.
To avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, the DHH offers the following precautions:
- If you will be outside, you should wear a mosquito repellent containing 20 - 30 percent DEET for adults and no more than 10 percent for children.
- Apply repellent on exposed skin and clothing. Do not apply under your clothes or on broken skin.
- To apply repellent to your face, spray on your hands and then rub on your face.
- Adults should always apply repellent to children.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when outdoors for long periods of time.
- Avoid perfumes and colognes when outdoors for extended periods of time.
- Make sure that your house has tight-fitting windows and doors, and that all screens are free of holes.