Two more West Nile cases confirmed, brings total to 29

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals says two more West Nile virus cases in the Baton Rouge area bring the year's total to 29.

It says an East Baton Rouge Parish resident has a dangerous illness threatening the brain or nervous system, and a West Baton Rouge Parish resident has one of flu-like West Nile fever.

East Baton Rouge has 13 cases this year, including eight dangerous "neuorinvasive" infections and one of fever. The West Baton Rouge Parish diagnosis is that parish's first.

Fifteen of this year's cases are neuroinvasive. Such cases accounted for 11 of 23 diagnoses last year, and 19 of 58 in 2008.

Most people never know they are infected. About one in 10 gets West Nile fever and a tiny percentage have the most serious infections.

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