Four more cases of the West Nile Virus have been confirmed throughout Louisiana, and one of those cases is in Bossier Parish. Like 90 percent of West Nile cases, no symptoms were detected in the Bossier Parish case.
The least severe forms of the virus show no symptoms, but symptoms intensify in its more dangerous forms. "Majority of people develop an immune response, and get rid of the virus without ever developing any symptoms" says Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Joseph Bochinni. "A smaller percentage develop symptoms and a smaller percentage develop the neuro-invasive disease," he says.
Symptoms of the more dangerous West Nile Fever include fever, headaches, body aches, and fatigue. These warning signs can last up to a week.
It is possible to lessen your chances of catching the virus by eliminating breeding grounds around your home. "Walk around and inspect your property. If you have anything that can hold water for more than a couple of days mosquitoes are going to breed in it," says Caddo Parish Mosquito Agent Bryan Glascock.
He suggests getting rid of tall grass, weeds, and eliminating standing water in buckets or pots.
The total number of West Nile cases in Louisiana is now up to 14.
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