Louisiana records third case of West Nile this year

BATON ROUGE, LA (KSLA) - Louisiana has reported its third case of West Nile Virus  for the year.

State Epidemiologist Raoult Ratard says the mosquito-borne illness showed up in Tangipahoa Parish during a blood donation. That's how they've detected all three of this season's cases.

The first case appeared in Livingston Parish. The second in Jefferson Parish.  None of the victims showed signs of serious illness.

T.J. Starkey is a West Nile survivor. She's in a wheelchair after a year stay in the hospital.

Starkey and other victims say you never think it will happen to you, so awareness is one of your biggest weapons against the virus. "It's very important for all people to understand that it only takes one little bitty old mosquito and one bite to infect your body," said West Nile victim Douglas Easterbrook.

Experts say all you can really do is use insect repellant and avoid being outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes get the most active. They also suggest getting rid of any standing water around your house where the insects breed.